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Mason, Eveleen Laura

(1838-1914) US author whose Utopia, Hiero-Salem: The Vision of Peace [for full title see Checklist below] (1889), presents spiritualist doctrines within an sf frame: the eponymous communitarian settlement in Wisconsin is inhabited by the "dualized", human beings who have shed all male or female characteristics (see Feminism; Gender). Mason's later works – most vividly ...

Kunstler, James Howard

(1948-    ) US journalist, cultural historian and author who may be best known for nonfiction studies of the contemporary American urban and suburban like The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape (1994), where he argues that suburbia is not only an inhumanely dysfunctional habitat, grotesquely and fatally dependent on the automobile to survive at all, even in the short term. A later study, ...

Shea, Kieran

(1965-    ) US author most of whose short fiction is nonfantastic; he is of sf interest primarily for the Koko sequence of gonzo adventures beginning with Koko Takes a Holiday (2014). The eponymous female protagonist, retired from mercenary work (see Military SF), has invested in a brothel in The Sixty Islands, an artificial Archipelago where simulated contests (see ...

Barton, Samuel

(1839-1895) US author who worked as a broker and also published under the pseudonym A B Roker. His sf novel, The Battle of the Swash and the Capture of Canada (1888), thought by Thomas D Clareson to be the first American Future War tale, was written to show the defencelessness of the US coasts (and incidentally the vulnerability of Canada) as the USA and UK come to blows, a conflict eventually won by the US ...

Planet Comics

US Comic (1940-1953). Fiction House Magazines. 73 issues. Artists include Murphy Anderson, George Appel, Enrico Bagnoli, Bill Benulis, Alex Blum, Joe Doolin, Lee Elias, Fran Hopper, Henry Kiefer, Chester Martin, Ruben Moreira, Maurice Whitman and Dan Zolnerowich. Script authors include Olaf Bjorn, Ross Gallun, Thorncliffe Herrick and Douglas McKee. Initially 7 or 8 comic strips per issue, gradually reducing to 4 or 5, plus a two page text story, short strips and ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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