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Korzybski, Alfred

(1879-1950) Polish-born aristocrat (a count) sent after World War One to the USA as an artillery expert. He remained, and wrote a quasi-philosophical text, Science and Sanity (1933), which became the basic handbook of the General Semantics movement, later to prove so influential on the writer A E van Vogt and some others: George Hay was a UK devotee. With the support of a Chicago millionaire, Korzybski set up the Institute of General Semantics in 1938. [PN/DRL] see also: Pseudoscience. /

Dickinson, Peter

(1927-2015) Northern-Rhodesia born author, in UK from 1935, father of John Dickinson; married from 1992 until his death to Robin McKinley, with whom he collaborated on the Elementals fantasy sequence [listed below]; assistant editor of the humorous magazine Punch from 1952 to 1969. Dickinson was initially best known for his detective stories, beginning with the first volume in the James Pibble sequence, Skin Deep (1968; vt The Glass Sided Ants' Nest 1968), which like its successors edges ...

Wingert, Jennifer

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Spirit Fox (1998) with Mickey Zucker Reichert, is a fantasy whose female Hero uses Magic and martial arts, as well as the indwelling spirit of a ghost fox, to defeat an Invasion. Her second novel, Grasp the Stars (2004), is a wide-ranging Space Opera whose protagonist, an Alien stowaway on a Starship bound for Earth, becomes embroiled in inter-species conflict on a Space Station in Terran orbit. [JC]

Green, Joseph

(1931-    ) US author of sf and technical journalism who also worked for NASA, and who began publishing sf with "The Engineer" for New Worlds in February 1962. An Affair with Genius (coll 1969) assembles some of his better early work. Since 1989 he has also published short fiction in Analog, F&SF and other magazines as by Francis Marion Soty. Although many of his 70-plus stories to date (not all sf) have appeared in the USA – along with popular-science articles in ...

Quasimodo's Monster Magazine

Letter-size perfect-bound Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Published by Mayfair Publications Incorporated. Editor: Tony Tallarico. Seven issues, January 1975 to May 1976. / An unabashed attempt to imitate Famous Monsters of Filmland, this publication started life as Monster World, then changed its title with #3 – possibly as a result of complaints from Warren Publishing regarding their own Monster World magazine of the 1960s. Quasimodo's Monster Magazine presented some ...

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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