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Dixie, Florence

(1855-1905) UK traveller, journalist (the first female war correspondent in the English language) and author whose nonfiction Across Patagonia: A Lady Combs the Pampas (1880) – the only woman in her party, she was its dominant figure – captures something of her Feminist urgency. In Gloriana, or The Revolution of 1900 (1890) a woman disguised as a man is elected Prime Minister of the UK and, though unmasked, establishes full equality between the sexes; by 1999, a woman-ruled UK ...

Strange Adventures

UK slim Pulp magazine; two undated issues 1946 and 1947, published by Hamilton & Co, Stafford; edited anonymously. Strange Adventures was an unmemorable juvenile sf magazine. As with its companion, Futuristic Stories, it was written entirely by Norman Firth under pseudonyms. [FHP] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Sargasso Sea

This region in the west of the North Atlantic Ocean, with Bermuda near its western edge, is named for the Sargassum seaweed that grows there and which – along with historical accounts of sailing ships being becalmed there – gave rise to the popular legend of a seaweed-choked Zone of mystery, a mist-shrouded oceanic Lost World of derelict ocean craft, very probably infested with Monsters and concealing lost Islands where Lost Races dwell. Beyond a perhaps exaggerated density of ...


The first section of this entry is roughly as it appeared in the 1993 second edition of the encyclopedia, with some added links to new third-edition entries for television sf within its scope. The second section, taking up the tale from the 1990s, offers a contrasting view. The third section briefly covers animated series. / 1. The first thing to understand about televised sf is that it has never been commercially successful (relative to the top programmes) on US television, and seldom on ...

Corelli, Marie

Pseudonym of UK author Mary Mackay (1855-1924); her name was long in doubt, as she was secretive about her birth, which was illegitimate. She wrote extremely popular bestsellers (selling, in her prime, 100,000-copy editions), although her first novel, A Romance of Two Worlds (1886 2vols; rev 1887) – in which interstellar travel is accomplished at about the turn of the century, through "personal electricity" – and its sequel, "Ardath": The Story of a Dead Self (1889 3vols), were only ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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