Garrett, Randall

Tagged: Author | House name

(1927-1987) US writer whose third marriage was to Vicki Ann Heydron; his first publication was a Probability Zero vignette (see Flash Fiction) for Astounding Science-Fiction in 1944, and he went on to become a prolific writer for that magazine in the 1950s and early 1960s. He was at one time part of the Ziff-Davis stable writing for Amazing Stories and Fantastic, when he and his sometime collaborator Robert Silverberg ran a "fiction factory" together. During this prolific period Garrett used the pseudonyms David Gordon, Darrel T Langart, Jonathan Blake MacKenzie and Seaton McKettrig as well as numerous House Names. He has frequently been wrongly listed as having written the Analog stories si...


Tagged: International

In Peru, fantastic literature and science fiction have a long tradition that is still undergoing exhumation and rescue. The purpose here is to establish a first cartographic guide to sf in Peru, which from the outset is inevitably incomplete, given that new authors continue to be discovered and that, over the last few decades, sf production has been on the rise.The first novel ever written in Peru was published in serial format in the newspaper, El Comercio. It was written by Julián M del Portillo (1818-1862), with the title Lima de aquí a cien años ["Lima One Hundred Years from Now"] (1843). The novel fits within the parameters of sf, as it posits a voyage to the future based on the device...

Mysterious Traveler, The

Tagged: Radio

Radio series (1943-1952). The Mutual Broadcasting System. Writers were primarily Robert Arthur and David Kogan. Created by Arthur and Kogan. Directors included Kogan. Narrator: Maurice Tarplin. 370 30-minute episodes. This was primarily a suspense-crime drama anthology series, but included much Fantasy, Horror and sf. Radioplays are by Arthur and Kogan unless noted otherwise. Surviving sf instalments include "Beware of Tomorrow" (1944), dealing with a professor who has constructed an intelligent Robot; "Zero Hour" (1948), with a professor investigating the crash of a supposed Martian spaceship in the western US (not to be confused with the Ray Bradbury story of the same name, itself several...


Tagged: Theme

A common term, used in this encyclopedia to designate a tale which, though it often makes use of sf devices, in fact occupies an undisplaced, entirely mundane narrative world. Though usually taking place in the present day, technothrillers may be set in the Near Future and invoke Technologies beyond the capacities of the present moment, but they differ from sf in two important respects. First, like the unknown in Horror novels, science in the technothriller is either inherently threatening or worshipfully (and fetishistically) exploited. Second, a typical technothriller plot evokes a technological scenario whose world-transforming implications are left unexamined or evaded, often through the...

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