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Odell, Samuel W

(1864-1948) US lawyer and author of two sf books, Atlanteans; Adam Lore's Choice: Stories for Young Men (coll 1889) and The Last War; Or, The Triumph of the English Tongue [for full title see Checklist] (1898). In the latter, a Future-Warstory set in the twenty-sixth century, the highly civilized all-White Allied Anglo-American Nations decide, more in sorrow, to engage in "war to the end" against a miscegenate evil empire controlled by the Russian Czar, destroying millions of the foe before ...

Brust, Steven

(1955-    ) Hungarian-descended US author, almost exclusively of Fantasy, notably the long Vlad Taltos series and the swashbuckling Alexandre Dumas-like Khaavren Romances set earlier in the same universe. He is mentioned here chiefly for Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille (1990), an intermittently comic spoof about a saloon which dodges atomic Holocausts by leaping through time and space to other planets, where a mysterious enemy awaits. / Some of Brust's novels, like ...

Vanguard Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, June 1958, published by Vanguard Science Fiction; edited by James Blish. Vanguard Science Fiction made a promising debut: it included the much-anthologized "Reap the Dark Tide" (vt "Shark Ship" in A Mile Beyond the Moon, coll 1958) by C M Kornbluth, plus what were intended as regular features by L Sprague de Camp and Lester del Rey. However, the decision to discontinue the magazine became inevitable almost before the first issue appeared, when the distributor ...


US Small Press literary magazine of science fiction and fantasy, published by Century Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin; a joint enterprise, for the first four issues, between publisher Meg Hamel and editor Robert Killheffer. The first issue appeared in March/April 1995, though there was a slim "preview" issue some months earlier. It was printed in review format (see Magazines), with artistic covers and nothing outward to suggest sf, fantasy or Speculative Fiction, a deliberate ploy to avoid any ...

Wertenbaker, G Peyton

(1907-1968) US editor and author, one of the pioneers of Hugo Gernsback's development of Scientifiction. Wertenbaker came from a literary and professional family; his brother Charles Wertenbaker (1901-1955) was a renowned journalist and his niece is the noted playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker (1946-    ). His first story, written when he was still fifteen, "The Man from the Atom" (August 1923 Science and Invention) appeared in the special "scientifiction" issue 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. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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