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Thomas, Lex

Joint pseudonym of US authors Lex Hrabe (?   -    ), who is also an actor, and Thomas Voorhies (?   -    ), who is also a painter, a profession that predates his writing work. Their Young Adult Quarantine sequence beginning with Quarantine: The Loners (2012) depicts – with considerable violence – existence in a high school after a virus, which kills adults but which teenagers can carry unscathed, necessitates a ...

Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

US academic critical journal sponsored by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, current, theoretically quarterly but irregular after the first four issues (1988), with a further 6 issues during 1989-1991. Then the schedule became more regular, and the journal had reached #21 (Vol 6, no 1) by 1994. Vol 1 #1-#4 published M E Sharpe, Inc, New York, subsequent issues by Orion Publishing, New York. The initial executive editor was Carl B Yoke; other editors Marshall B Tymn, ...

Cross, Ronald Anthony

(1937-2006) US author who began publishing sf with "The Story of Three Cities" in New Worlds 6 (anth 1973) edited by Michael Moorcock and Charles Platt; the tale's steely moroseness characterizes a good deal of his work in shorter forms, much of it posthumously assembled as The Ronald Anthony Cross Science Fiction & Fantasy Megapack: 20 Great Tales (coll 2019 ebook). His first novel, Prisoners of Paradise (1988), bleakly generates a sense that the Fantasy-Island-type trap it depicts is not ...

Upward, Allen

(1863-1926) UK politician, barrister, poet and author, an advocate from early manhood of various nationalist movements, including Irish Home Rule and Greek independence; his poetry, of erratic quality but adventurous, was variously assembled, and some poems were published in Des Imagistes: an Anthology (anth 1914 chap) edited by Ezra Pound (1885-1972). Three articles with the overtitle "The Order of the Seraphim" (1910 The New Age) advocated – in terms of his understanding of the concept ...

King of the Monsters

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine. Cousin Publications Incorporated. No editor named. One undated issue, published 1977. / This magazine was apparently intended as a one-time effort to capitalize on the release of the Dino de Laurentiis remake of King Kong (1976). Such one-shot film magazines came into their own in the US during the 1970s, remaining a popular format throughout the remainder of the twentieth century. King of the Monsters featured articles on the various versions of ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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