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Williams, Neil Wynn

(1864-1940) UK author, whose two volumes of his versions of Greek folklore, Tales and Sketches of Modern Greece (coll 1894) and the Bayonet That Came Before: A Vanity of Modern Greece (coll 1896), are of very modest interest. In his sf novel, The Electric Theft (1906), highly organized anarchists are abstracting bast amounts of electricity from a great plant in Athens but, more seriously, the mastermind and Villain Stavinsky has discovered a vast cavern under London, which he supercharges with ...

Spider, The

US Pulp magazine, 118 issues October 1933 to December 1943; monthly until February 1943, bimonthly thereafter. Published by Popular Publications; edited initially by Rogers Terrill until mid-1936 when he was elevated to Editorial Director, and then by a succession of editors until W Ryerson Johnson closed down the final issue. The Spider, one of the hero/villain pulps, began as a straightforward imitation of the highly successful The Shadow, telling of a mysterious caped avenger. The first two ...

Awful Green Things from Outer Space, The

Board Game (1979). Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). Designed by Tom Wham. / Awful Green Things is a parodic game with a design influenced by both map and counter Wargames and the more casual and humorous tradition of Board Game development, an ancestry it shares with its contemporary The Creature that Ate Sheboygan (1979). The theme is strongly reminiscent of Alien (1979), released several months earlier, but the designer claims that film's rather more obscure predecessor The Green Slime ...

Kenward, James

(1908-1994) UK author, mostly of nonfiction studies and memoirs. Summervale: A Fantasy (1935) is a tale in which a man is transformed into a dog. The framing narrative of The Story of the Poor Author: And Some of the Stories He Told (coll of linked stories 1959) is sf, involving Spaceships; the stories told are various. [JC]


UK small weekly tabloid magazine, 20 issues 10 February to 23 June 1934, published by C A Pearson Ltd, London, in the editorial department of Haydn Dimmock (1895-1955), editor of The Scout, though the managing editor was Bernard Buley (1899-1973). Scoops was intended as a Boys' Paper that would "transport its readers from the everyday happenings into the future"; whatever appeal it might have had for adults was not helped by the decision to use, mostly, writers of ordinary boys' adventure ...

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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