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Leading Edge, The

US Semiprozine produced by students at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. It began in April 1981 and has generally appeared twice yearly; occasionally (as in 1987 and 2015) there were three issues, and in several other years only a single issue. The Leading Edge is published in a perfect-bound Digest format. It is edited by the students, usually an individual or group for an academic year at a time, and therefore the magazine has almost as many editors as issues. The first editorial team, ...

Jenks, William

(1778-1866) US clergyman and author whose Future History, Memoir of the Northern Kingdom, Written, A D 1872 [for full title see Checklist below] (dated 1901 but 1808), describes the world as of the date of its claimed composition. Politics dominates the account. America has been split into three parts: the Southern States, now a monarchy under the influence of France; the Northern States, at peace with Canada due to the marriage of the King of Canada to the daughter of the American president; ...

Michaud, A C

(1876-1975) US author of Our Coming World (1951), a Utopia set on a Mars whose long-lived inhabitants, benefiting from a healthy socialist regime much in contrast with the terrible state of post-World War Two Earth, kidnap the crew of a B-29 bomber and teach them things it is good to know. [JC]

Fulton, John P

(1902-1966) Pioneering special effects photographer. Moving from Nebraska to California in 1914, Fulton worked for a time as a land surveyor due to his father's strong opposition to his becoming involved with the Cinema industry. He started work for D W Griffith as an assistant cameraman in the 1920s, then moved to Universal Pictures after more experience learning the basics of optical composition, and traveling matte photography. His first genre credit was Frankenstein (1931), soon after which ...

SFWA Bulletin

A journal, published quarterly, which serves as the official public voice of Science Fiction Writers of America, now Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America but retaining the familiar initials SFWA. The SFWA Bulletin was founded in 1965 and edited 1965-1967 by Damon Knight, as part of his activities in founding SFWA itself. Subsequent editors included Terry Carr (1967-1968), Alexei Panshin (1968-1969), Barry N Malzberg (1969-1970), George Zebrowski (1970-1975), Stephen Goldin ...

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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