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SF Horizons

UK critical journal edited by Brian Aldiss and Harry Harrison, with Tom Boardman acting as business manager. Digest-sized; two 64pp issues only, Spring 1964 and Winter 1965. An early attempt to establish a serious critical sf journal – and as such a precursor of FoundationSF Horizons carried critical articles ...

Feldman, Stephanie

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The Angel of Losses (2014), is fantasy with a possible hint of Gothic SF. She is of more direct sf interest for her second novel, the Equipoisal Saturnalia (2022), set in a Near Future Philadelphia in a world beset by Climate Change; the tale is centred on the ...

Lipsyte, Sam

(1968-    ) US academic and author, son of Robert Lipsyte; known for the surging, gonzo, phosphorescent thrust of nonfantastic novels like The Ask (2010), whose targets include a highly Satirical portrait of finance influence and corruption at an American university. He is of sf interest for Hark (2019), set in a Near Future world raddled by the ...

Antimatter

The concept in Physics that forms of matter may exist composed of antiparticles, opposite in all quantum properties to the particles which compose ordinary matter, has a special appeal to sf writers. The idea itself was first formulated by the physicist Paul Dirac (1902-1984) in 1930; the confirmation of the existence of such particles soon followed, with the discovery of the positron (antielectron) in 1932. However, although antiparticles have for many years been ...

Monsarrat, Nicholas

(1910-1979), UK soldier, in active service 1940-1946, and author; his surname was misspelled on his birth certificate as "Montserrat", causing some later confusion; in Canada as a British information officer from 1953 to 1956, and intermittently after that date. He was best known for his novel, The Cruel Sea (1951), which became immensely popular. The first of the four volumes of his Signs of the Times series, The Time Before This (1962), which is sf, tells of ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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