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Future Fantasy

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Publisher: Cousins Publications. Editor: Timothy G Beckley. Three bimonthly issues published in 1978. / Unusually for a media magazine of this period, Future Fantasy contained an ongoing Comic strip titled Captain Cosmos and written by editor Beckley, while some poor-quality sf stories appeared amid the routine film articles. Besides sf Cinema this title tried to cater to interest in UFOs, with the June 1978 issue ...

Harrington, James

(1611-1677) UK political theorist and author whose The Common-Wealth of Oceana (1656), anonymous, comprises a fictionalized Utopia set in the eponymous Island; it argues for a republican government with strict separations of powers (the treatise was influential in the writing of the American Constitution) and rigorously enforced protection of the poor from their natural predators, the rich. The book was impounded by Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector of England. [JC]

Crawford, Alexander

Pseudonym of UK author Alexander Lindsay (1869-1915), older brother of David Lindsay, of whose six novel-length tales (only four of which reached book form) at least two are of sf interest. His first, Kapak (1911), is a Lost Race tale in which the eponymous king of the now-hidden Incans comes to contemporary England as part of his scheme to re-establish the Empire of his predecessors; battles involving a giant airplane climax the story. His second novel, Monsieur Carnifax (1912), is set in a ...

Hudson, W H

(1841-1922) Argentinian-born US naturalist and author, in England from 1875, a UK citizen from 1900. His fine quasi-Utopian novel of the Far Future, A Crystal Age (1887 anon; signed, with a new preface, 1906; cut recast vt Playthings of Desire: Strange New Pleasures in a Strange New World circa 1945-1950 chap) depicts small, self-sufficient, matriarchally organized households living in harmony with Nature. The protagonist, tragically, cannot adapt to their Pastoral way of life, nor to their ...

Lodge, Mrs

(?   -?   ) UK author of A Son of the Gods (1898), a Lost Race tale set in the mysterious Middle Eastern city of Elhazaar, where a civilization of fire-worshippers is discovered. [JC]

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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