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Star Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, published by Ballantine Magazines, January 1958. This was an attempt to convert Frederik Pohl's Star Science Fiction Stories into a magazine after its first three issues (1953-1954) in book format. Although a second magazine issue was mooted, sales did not warrant continuing in that form and it reverted to book format at the end of 1958. The magazine replicated some of the contents of the anthology, including a cover by Richard Powers, but somehow the content ...

Van Kampen, Robert D

(1938-1999) US businessman and author, whose fundamentalist Christian beliefs, focused on the Rapture, tacitly shape his only sf novel, The Fourth Reich (1997), which Equipoisally creates a Hitler Wins scenario through the recovery of Hitler's soul from Hell and its insertion through Cloning into a human embryo. He soon becomes ruler of all Russia, and as the anti-Christ instigates the End of the World. [JC]

Wood, R W

(1868-1955) US author and optical physicist whose sf works were written with Arthur Train (whom see for details). His comic verses in How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers: A Manual of Flornithology for Beginners (coll 1907) – positing unlikely Evolutionary links based on supposed visual similarities – once had a cult following. [JC/DRL]

Gillespie, Bruce

(1947-    ) Australian educational-books and Fanzine editor, critic, essayist and Small Press publisher. Bruce Gillespie entered Fandom in late 1967 after sending Australian SF Review three essays about the works of Philip K Dick. Though not published until 1969, they led him to contribute criticism to several fanzines, and to join ANZAPA, the Australia and New Zealand Amateur Press Association (see APA). / Gillespie began his own fanzine SF Commentary in January 1969. ...

Lavers, Norman

(1935-    ) US ornithologist, academic and author whose sf novel, The Northwest Passage (1984), engages in an experiment (see Postmodernism) familiar to readers of the modern novel: the book comprises a "text", complete with a scholarly apparatus which is itself, of course, part of the "text". In this case, a far-future editorial apparatus surrounds (see Ruins and Futurity) the late-twentieth-century scholarly edition of an eighteenth-century manuscript journal recording the ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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