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Strick, Philip

(1939-2006) UK sf and film critic, anthologist, teacher, and director of a film library. In 1969 he initiated one of the first adult evening classes in sf in the UK, sponsored by the University of London at the City Literary Institute (see SF in the Classroom), which continued until 1992 under various tutors including John Clute, Colin Greenland, Peter Nicholls, Christopher Priest, Brian Stableford and Lisa Tuttle. Strick's Science Fiction Movies (1976) is a witty, rather helter-skelter account ...

Black Holes

Item of sf Terminology borrowed from Cosmology. The term was coined by the physicist John A Wheeler (1911-2008) in 1969 and adopted immediately and enthusiastically by sf writers. The concept of the black hole is quite complex, and is best approached by the layman through a reliable book of scientific popularization such as A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes (1988) by Stephen W Hawking (1942-2018), one of the theoretical physicists to have done fundamental work on the ...

Kelly, Teague M

(?   -?   ) US author in whose sf tract, Mucca Scob; Or, Threads of Pre-Historic and Present History, Concatenated (1885), the elder of a Native American tribe in northern California describes to the narrator his several Reincarnations over the previous thousands of years; several of these lives having been led on other planets, he is in fact an Alien. His description of the Evolution of life on Earth pays only eccentric heed to Charles Darwin. [JC]

Cridge, Alfred Denton

(1860-1922) US lecturer and author, son of Annie Denton Cridge; of sf interest is his Feminist Utopia, Utopia; Or, the History of an Extinct Planet, Psychometrically Explained (1884 chap). He should not be confused with his identically named father Alfred Denton Cridge (?1824-?1902). [JC]

Hopkins, Pauline

(1859-1940) US editor, journalist, playwright, actor and author active from around 1880, whose difficult literary career (she was African-American) ended after the publication of her fourth novel, Of One Blood; Or, the Hidden Self (November 1902-January 1903 The Colored American Magazine; 2004). The protagonist of the tale – a medical student in Boston named Reuel Briggs, passing for white at a time of ferocious prejudice in America – becomes enamoured of a mysterious woman who ...

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, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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