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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Mandino, Og

Working name of Italian-born author Augustine Mandino II (1923-1996), in US from childhood, most of whose work promulgates self-help with a Christian tint. Of some sf interest is his novel, The Christ Commission (1980), which features Time Travel to the time of Jesus. [JC]

Condray, Bruno G

Pseudonym of UK author Leslie George Humphrys (1921-2015), of whom almost nothing is known beyond his possible authorship of Odyssey in Space (1953), as by Vektis Brack, which was a House Name for Gannet Press; and of the Condray tales The Dissentizens (1954 chap) and Exile from Jupiter (1955 chap). [JC] see also: ...

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

US animated tv series (2020). DreamWorks Animation Television. Created by Radford Sechrist, based on his web Comic Kipo (2015). Developed for television by Bill Wolkoff. Executive Producers Yoo Jae Myung, Radford Sechrist and Bill Wolkoff. Directors include Matt Ahrens, Michael Chang, Chase Conley and Bridget Underwood. Writers include Christopher Amick, Joanna Lewis, Ben Mekler, Kristine Songco and Bill Wolkoff. Voice cast includes Dee Bradley ...


A fanzine is an Amateur Magazine produced by sf fans and increasingly defined by its focus on Fandom and individual fans rather than on science fiction or sf stories. The term "fanzine", first coined by Russ (Louis Russell) Chauvenet in the October 1940 issue of his magazine Detours, has since been borrowed and used by Comics collectors, wargamers, underground publishers, music fans and other ...

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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