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Loose Canon

By Charles Platt

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An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

Loose Canon assembles thirty-four essays and reviews and associated texts - originally published in Interzone, Science Fiction Eye, New York Review of Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, among other sources - from the early 1980s to the end of the 1990s.

Biographical Notes

Charles Platt (1945­- )
Charles Platt was born in England but relocated to the United States in 1970. Initially active in sf fandom, writing fanzines during the early 1960s, he began publishing sf with "One of Those Days" for the December 1964-January 1965 issue of Science Fantasy, and soon became associated with New Worlds during the period when, under Michael Moorcock's editorship, it was seen as the pre-eminent New-Wave journal. Platt's first published novel, Garbage World, was initially serialised in New Worlds. He has written under the pseudonyms Aston Cantwell, Robert Clarke, Charlotte Prentiss and Blakely St James.

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  • ISBN: 9781473219700
  • Publication date: 31 Aug 2017
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  • Imprint: Gateway
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