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Polidori, John

(1795-1821) UK medical doctor who became the personal physician of Lord Byron (see Icons) in 1816; as an author his work is of more interest to the fantastic in general [for fuller entry on Polidori see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] than for its relevance to anything like sf. He is of interest initially for his participation – along with Bryon, Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley – in an evening gathering in 1916 at Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva, where they had ...

Gloag, John

(1896-1981) UK author, whose World War One experiences in the trenches – he was gassed by his own side – deeply affected his work. Though he wrote several novels, he was primarily active, from 1921, in the fields of social history, architecture and design, and his first work of sf interest was the nonfiction Artifex; Or, the Future of Craftsmanship (1926 chap), an early contribution to its publisher's To-day and To-morrow series, in which he argues that civilization might crumble ...

Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun

Tv documentary film (1993). Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education. Directed by Rob Mikuriya. Written by Stephen R Heard, Rob Mikuriya, Roger Scott Olsen, and Willie Reale. Cast includes Cathy Bates, Christine Cousins, Joseph Cousins, Raymond Cruz, Jaime Escalante, Rodney A Grant, Jackée Harry, Esai Morales, Pat Morita, Vincent Schiavelli, James Stephens III, Jeffrey Tamblor, Billy Bob Thornton, Sheila Tousey, Jesse Ventura and "Weird Al" Yankovic. 58 minutes. Colour. / ...

Brenchley, Chaz

(1959-    ) UK author, most of whose work has been horror mixed with fantasy elements, often grounded with Horror-In-Sf rationales; he also writes as by Daniel Fox and Ben Macallan. His novel Mall Time (1991) set a pattern of complexly told tales whose outcomes – in this case unambiguously, as nine separate characters are exposed to a joint terror at the opening of a shopping mall – guardedly though with streetwise gusto expose an underlying bleakness to the ...

H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror

US Semiprozine available as a Print Magazine for its first four issues but only as a downloadable Online Magazine for its final issue. Published by Wildside Press from Rockville, Maryland, and edited by Marvin Kaye. Of the print issues, all were letter-size except the third (actually #2), Spring 2005 which was standard size (see Magazines). The second print issue was an interim number #1.5 (Fall 2004). The magazine was a companion to Weird Tales, which it closely resembled. It ran fiction ...

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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