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Whiteley, Elizabeth

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Devil's Throne (1903), whose protagonists, transfixed by a lamia, invade the realm of the Devil, which is behind the Moon, travelling there in an aircraft-like Spaceship; in the vicinity of the Throne, they meet the dead souls of some famous humans. [JC]

Klein, Jeffrey Bruce

(1948-    ) US investigative journalist, founder-editor of the magazine Mother Jones, and author; in his Near Future sf novel, The Black Hole Affair (1991) as Jeffrey Klein, which reflects his left-wing, anti-government convictions, a reporter discovers a secret government Star Wars project that could either start World War Three, or devastate the planet, or both. [JC]

Greenwood Press

US specialist publishing house founded in 1967, based in Westport, Connecticut, whose books were largely academic and sometimes bibliographical; it took a special interest in sf, and was one of the major academic publishers in this area. Among the commentaries on sf published by Greenwood Press are Martha A Bartter's The Way to Ground Zero: The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction (1988), Thomas D Clareson's Some Kind of Paradise: The Emergence of American Science Fiction (1986), Bud Foote's ...


One of the more enduring coinages of Fan Language, this is the short form of "filksong", which in turn originated from the obvious typo in an early-1950s Fanzine article, "The Influence of Science Fiction on Modern American Filk Music" by Lee Jacobs (intended for the APA SAPS, the Spectator Amateur Press Society, but not actually published there owing to bawdy content). The first recorded intentional use of "filk" was by Karen Anderson in Die Zeitschrift für vollständigen Unsinn ["The ...

Norfolk, Lawrence

(1963-    ) UK author whose first novel, Lemprière's Dictionary (1991; cut 1992) is an elaborate secret history set in the late eighteenth century, depicting vast Automata from the Steampunk toolkit and sinister immortals (see Immortality) under a phantasmagoric London, murders that involve the re-enactment of classical myth, and a conspiracy by the Secret Masters who attempt to rule Europe, that ties together the Siege of La Rochelle, the British East India Company ...

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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