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Anderson, Maxwell

(1888-1959) US journalist, teacher, screenwriter and playwright, active from around 1910, his first play "White Desert" being performed in 1923; he frequently espoused pacifist arguments in his work, and gained perhaps a reputation for steely intransigence that the plays themselves, which combine the homely and the sonorous (occasionally in blank verse), did not entirely warrant. He wrote the script for one fantasy film, Death Takes a Holiday (1934) directed by Mitchell Leisen, in which the ...

Hay, George

Working name – in life as well as in print – of UK author, editor and sf enthusiast Oswyn Robert Tregonwell Hay (1922-1997), born Oswyn Robert Cohn, who began publishing sf in the early 1950s with Flight of the "Hesper" (1951), Man, Woman – and Android (1951), This Planet for Sale (1952), plus Terra! (1952) as by King Lang, a House Name. Moment Out of Time (1952) as by Roy Sheldon has been credited to Hay, who was commissioned to write this novel only for it to be rejected and ...

Science Fantasy Yearbook

One of the many reprint Digest-size magazines from Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co, using stories from old issues of Amazing and Fantastic Adventures, including Theodore Sturgeon's The Dreaming Jewels (February 1950 Fantastic Adventures; exp 1950; vt The Synthetic Man 1957; Fall 1970 #2). Four quarterly issues appeared, two in 1970 and two in 1971, the last three as Science Fantasy. [BS/PN] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Flood, Leslie

(1921-2007) UK sf book dealer, reviewer and literary agent who was one of the co-founders of the International Fantasy Award and (as Secretary) reported this award's progress in several New Worlds articles beginning with "A Merit for Fantasy" (May 1952). He was assistant editor for Science Fantasy #7 (1954). His lucid sf book reviews, signed "L Flood", appeared regularly in New Worlds from #24 (June 1954) to #141 (April 1964), the last issue to be edited by John Carnell. As a reader for ...

Joron, Andrew

(1955-    ) US poet and author, much of whose work is coloured by – or directly engages in – sf, and who began to publish Poetry of specifically genre interest with "The Sonic Flowerfall of Primes" for New Worlds #216, September 1979. Titles of interest include A Measure of Calm (1985 chap) with Robert Frazier, Force Fields (coll 1987 chap), Science Fiction (coll 1993 chap) and Invisible Machines (coll 1994 chap) with Robert Frazier; much of this material is ...

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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