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Sense of Wonder

A term used to describe the sensation which, according to the Cliché of fan criticism that goes back at least to the 1940s, good sf should inspire in the reader. In Metamorphoses of Science Fiction (1979) Darko Suvin summed up the attitude of many critics by describing the term as "another superannuated slogan of much SF criticism due for a deserved retirement into the same limbo as extrapolation". And yet ... / ...

Rice, E S

(1868-1925) US civil engineer and author of The Secret of the Moon God 2000 B C: Love and Adventure in Yucatan 1920 A D (1924), a Lost Race tale set in the mountains of Mexico, where remnants of an ancient civilization are discovered, along with a metal alloy unknown to the modern world. [JC]

Adam and Eve

Brian W Aldiss has given the name Shaggy God Stories to stories which provide simple-minded sf frameworks for Biblical myths. A considerable fraction of the unsolicited material submitted to sf magazines is or was reputed to consist of stories of this kind, the plot most frequently represented being the one in which survivors of a space disaster land on a virgin world and reveal (in the final line) that their names are ...

West, Julian

Pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -?   ); Julian West is the name of the protagonist of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). The novel published under this name (see Sequels by Other Hands), My Afterdream: A Sequel to the Late Mr Bellamy's Looking Backward (1900), is a spoofish Satire on the original ...

Stout, Rex

(1886-1975) US author who began publishing poems and stories in magazines as early as 1910, and became best known for his Nero Wolfe detective stories, beginning with Fer-de-Lance (1934) and continuing to the end of his life, the last being A Family Affair (1975); none of the Wolfe novels and novellas have any fantastic content. Some of his early work does, however, contain fantastic elements: the book-length "A Prize for Princes" (2 May 1914 ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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