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Darwin, Erasmus

(1731-1802) UK physician, philosopher, inventor and poet; grandfather of Charles Darwin (1809-1882) and of Francis Galton. Though he was noted as an inventor of devices (both built and theoretical) from water pumps to speaking machines to a mechanical bird (see Inventions), and though his work as an advocate of the sexual classificatory system of Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) (see Biology) was of considerable importance, it is for his speculative Poetry that Darwin is of interest to the sf ...

Whiting, Sydney

(1820/1821-1875) UK barrister, poet and author whose Memoirs of a Stomach: Written by Himself, That All Who Eat May Read (1853; rev 1853; further rev 1855) as by "The Minister of the Interior", though seemingly spoofish, articulates issues of the relationship between imperial mind and digestive body in mid-nineteenth-century terms. Of more sf interest is Heliondé; Or, Adventures in the Sun (1854; rev 1855), whose protagonist, conveniently vaporized by in the summer heat, ventures on a ...

Terra Incognita

US letter-size Semiprozine published by Jan Berrien Berends, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. It ran for six issues from Winter 1996 to Fall 2000. Unusual amongst sf magazine, Terra Incognita remained Earthbound. It wanted only stories that were set on the Earth, in the present or future, but no fantasy or Alternate History. It had an impressive start with stories by L Timmel Duchamp, Kadis Elliot and Darrell Schweitzer amongst others, an interview with Octavia Butler and an essay by Nicola Griffith, ...

Smith, Guy N

(1939-2020) UK author and book dealer best known for his prolific output of horror novels, generally rough-hewn but with a Pulp-ish or B-movie vigour that gained him a considerable cult following. His novel debut was the Werewolf tale Werewolf by Moonlight (1974) as Guy Smith, with two sequels following. He first achieved real commercial success with Night of the Crabs (1976; exp 2009), introducing what was to become his trademark Horror in SF trope of giant man-eating crabs; in this and ...

Heat Vision and Jack

US tv pilot (1999). The Greenblatt Janollari Studio, Red Hour Productions. Directed by Ben Stiller. Created and written by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, Cast includes Jack Black, Ron Silver and Owen Wilson. One 30-minute episode. Colour. / A television pilot that was never picked up for a series. In the introduction Stiller, clutching his Emmy, declares that he has "returned to television a wealthy and powerful man ... [so] as a person you admire, I'm giving you permission to appreciate this ...

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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