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Chamberlain, Betsey

(1797-1886) US worker, farmer and author, of Native American stock; she is of interest for the inherent merit of her thought, but also because of her background, an unusual combination for any writer in the 1840s, much less a woman. She contributed three stories of interest to an enterprising local magazine (she worked in Lowell, Massachusetts at the time): "A Vision of Truth" (May 1841 Lowell Offering) as by Tabitha; "A New Society" (August 1841 Lowell Offering) as by Tabitha, set in 1860, ...

Gardner, James Alan

(1955-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Phantom of the Operator" for The University of Waterloo Courier in 1984, and who has spent much of his subsequent career expanding the League of Peoples/Festina Ramos sequence, which begins with his first novel, Expendable (1997), and continues with Vigilant (1999), Hunted (2000), Ascending (2001), Trapped (2002) and Radiant (2004). It is a sequence of some ambition, and its central dilemma ...

Cossins, George

(circa 1866-?   ) Author – probably Australian but perhaps from New Zealand where he died – of Isban-Israel: A South African Story (1896), a tale in the mode of H Rider Haggard set in North Australia, with false hints of the discovery of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel; it was filmed as Isban-Israel (1920). [JC]

Star Wars: Clone Wars

US animated tv series (2003-2005). Cartoon Network Studios, Lucasfilm. Developed and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, based on characters created by George Lucas. Writers include Darrick Bachman and Genndy Tartakovsky. Voice cast includes Nick Jameson, Mat Lucas, Richard McGonagle and James Arnold Taylor. Twenty mostly four-minute episodes (seasons 1 and 2) and five mostly thirteen-minute episodes (season 3). Colour. / This series focuses on Anakin Skywalker (Lucas), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Taylor) ...

Midnight Marquee

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine. Publisher: Gary J Svehla and Susan Svehla as Midnight Marquee Press, Incorporated. Editors: Gary J Svehla and Susan Svehla. 1963-current. The publication schedule, nominally three times per year, is highly irregular. / Driven by his great enthusiasm for Famous Monsters of Filmland, the then very young Gary Svehla (1950-   ) launched this magazine in 1963 as a hand-drawn, carbon-copied Fanzine titled Gore Creatures. This became ...

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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