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Walker, W H

Pseudonym of UK-born surveyor, politician, journalist and author George Ranken (1827-1895), mainly in Australia from 1851; some of his journalism was published as by Capricornus. The Invasion (1877) as by W H Walker relocates the Battle of Dorking mode to Australia, where a Near Future Invasion by Russia is expeditiously repulsed by the savvy Australian soldiery. [JC]

SF Reprise

At the time when both magazines were being published by Roberts & Vinter, some unsold issues of New Worlds and Science Fantasy were bound up in twos and threes and sold as SF Reprise, which had six numbers: all undated but probably 1966. #1, #2 and #5 were assembled from New Worlds; #3, #4 and #6 were from Science Fantasy. For convenience we term these publications Anthologies. Two of the volumes contain entire serial novels, though not in contiguous instalments and thus not regarded by ...

Thiessen, J Grant

(1947-    ) Canadian book dealer and bibliographer, editor of The Science-Fiction Collector, whose individual issues he later assembled as The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 1 (anth 1980), containing issues 1-6, The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 2 (anth 1981), containing issues 7-10 and The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 3 (anth 1981), containing issues 11-14. The three volumes have proved a valuable resource for sf Bibliography ever since. Using his bookshop, ...

Guttenberg, Violet

(?   -?   ) UK author whose three novels focus on Jews in the modern world. Neither Jew Nor Greek: A Story of Jewish Social Life (1902) and The Power of the Palmist (1903) contain no fantastic elements; but A Modern Exodus (1904) is set in a Near Future Britain where Jews have been declared the equivalent of "aliens" (see Race in SF), lose all civil rights, and are due to be deported. Before this can happen, the Jewish community emigrates en masse to Palestine, ...

Bride of Frankenstein, The

1. Film (1935). Universal. Directed by James Whale. Written by John Balderston, William Hurlbut and R C Sherriff uncredited. Cast includes Colin Clive, E E Clive, Gavin Gordon, O P Heggie, Valerie Hobson, Boris Karloff (credited by surname only), Elsa Lanchester, Una O'Connor, Ernest Thesiger and Douglas Walton. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Some contemporary viewers felt that the horror and pathos of this sequel to Whale's 1931 Frankenstein were vitiated by the director's morbid sense of ...

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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