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de Girardin, Delphine

(1804-1855) French poet and author (she was born in the border-city of Aachen during the fourteen years of French rule, 1801-1815), who also wrote under her maiden name, Delphine Gay, as Mme Émile de Girardin and as by Charles de Launay. Neither Le Lorgnon ["The Eyeglasses"] as Delphine Gay (1831) nor La Canne de M de Balzac ["The Cane of Monsieur de Balzac"] (1836) as Mme Émile de Girardin, translated together by Brian Stableford as Balzac's Cane (omni 2015 chap), can be thought ...

Lawrence, C E

(1870-1940) UK editor and author, of whose several novels, most of them fantasy, two are of sf interest: The Trial of Man: An Allegorical Romance (1902) anonymous, a mildly Equipoisal tale whose protagonist travels to the Moon and subsequently to heaven where the Angel Zuron assigns him a new planet where he breeds sinlessly with a new Eve (see Adam and Eve), but then fatally boasts of his virtue; and Mr Ambrose: The Story of a Distinguished Visitor to Clapham and Elsewhere (1922), featuring ...

Blanchard, Charles Elton

(1868-1945) US doctor and author whose The Nut Cracker and Other Human Ape Fables (coll 1911) contains at least one Apes as Human tale, and one involving a Lost Race; A New Day Dawns: A Brief History of the Altruistic Era (1930-2162 A. D.), A. E. 200 (1932) is a Utopia in which the humane suasion of science increasingly benefits humanity. Blanchard's Epitome of Ambulant Proctology (1925) was a work of exemplary clarity. A medical chair was founded in his honour at Case Western Reserve ...

Venus Wars

Japanese animated film (1989). Original title Vinasu Senki. Based on the Manga by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Kugatsusha. Directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Written by Yūichi Sasamoto and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Voice cast includes Eriko Hara, Yuko Sasaki, Kaneto Shiozawa and Katsuhida Uekusa. 103 minutes. Colour. / In 2003 Venus was hit by an ice Comet, losing its atmosphere but gaining moisture, which Earth uses as the basis to first Terraform and then colonize the planet (see Colonization of Other ...

Worth, Peter

A Ziff-Davis House Name used on magazine stories; it appeared in their various sf magazines ten times from 1949 to 1951, usually concealing Chester S Geier or Roger Phillips Graham (Rog Phillips). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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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