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Paradox [magazine]

1. Romanian magazine. See Romania. / 2. US Semiprozine of historical and speculative fiction, published by Paradox Publications, Brooklyn, New York and edited by Christopher Cevasco; 13 issues, Spring 2003 to Spring 2009, twelve as print issues, letter-size on good quality but non-slick stock, plus issue #4 (Spring 2004) only downloadable online. The magazine sought to bring together what might at first seem to be the two disparate fields of historical fiction and speculative fiction ...

McCord, P B

(1871-1908) US cartoonist, illustrator and author of a Prehistoric SF tale, Wolf: The Memoirs of a Cave-Dweller (1908), set prior to the emigration of peoples across the Bering Straits into North America. McCord, who died while his only book was in the press, is one of the subjects fictionalized in Twelve Men (coll 1919) by Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945). [JC]

Trevor, Elleston

Initially the most famous pseudonym and latterly the legal name of the UK author born Trevor Dudley-Smith (1920-1995), in the US from 1973. Other early pseudonyms include Mansell Black, Trevor Burgess, Roger Fitzalan, Howard North, Simon Rattray, Warwick Scott, Caesar Smith and Lesley Stone; later, he became best known under the name Adam Hall for the Quiller series, a long sequence of powerfully pared-down espionage tales, one or two of them – including the first, The Berlin Memorandum ...

Wooldridge, C W

(1847-1908) UK physician and author, in USA from childhood. In his Near Future Utopia, Perfecting the Earth: A Piece of Possible History (1902), a charismatic figure resembling Theodore Roosevelt begins to transform America by setting the army – idle in 1913 because there are no wars about to happen – to the task of building the West on utopian lines. Their climactic achievement is a utopian City-state in California, which by 1947 features Weather Control, sustainable industries, ...

Speculative Fiction and Beyond

US Online Magazine produced by John Bradt, Irvine, California. It saw just one preview issue in July 1996 before Bradt was involved in a serious car accident and was unable to continue. His dream was to produce the first independent professional online magazine, taking a lead from Omni Online; he had great plans, all of which came to nothing. Perhaps surprisingly, that first issue still survives on the internet (see link below) with stories by Ardath Mayhar and John Betancourt plus a variety 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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