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Century

US Small Press literary magazine of science fiction and fantasy, published by Century Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin; a joint enterprise, for the first four issues, between publisher Meg Hamel and editor Robert Killheffer. The first issue appeared in March/April 1995, though there was a slim "preview" issue some months earlier. It was printed in review format (see Magazines), with artistic covers and nothing outward to suggest sf, fantasy or Speculative Fiction, a deliberate ploy to avoid any ...

Hartman, Emerson B

(?1888/1889-1969) US author whose Lunarchia: That Strange World Beneath the Moon's Crust (1937) began a projected six-volume interplanetary sequence in the Edgar Rice Burroughs vein with the discovery of a colourful civilization within the Moon. No further volumes appeared. In The Giant of the Sierras (1945) a Lost World is discovered in California inhabited by giants, Dinosaurs, and other creatures. [JC]

Waterhouse, Elizabeth

(1834-1918) UK author whose acknowledged works consist mostly of religious studies and tracts written from a Quaker standpoint. The Brotherhood of Rest (1886 chap) as E W describes a retreat, somewhere in Britain, conceived as a Utopia. Her outright sf novel, The Island of Anarchy: A Fragment of History in the 20th Century (1887), is told as a Future History, detailing an extremely doctrinaire Utopia established in Britain, with women returned properly to their homes (see Feminism; Women in SF) ...

Supernatural Creatures

This entry provides an overview of the treatment of supernatural beings in sf, some of the more important, interesting or simply popular subsets of such entities also being given separate entries: Gods and Demons, Golem, Poltergeists, Shapeshifters, Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies. / Just as it is common in sf to give empirical explanations of ancient myths and stories of the gods (see Gods and Demons; Mythology; Shaggy God Story) and to seek a rationale for Magic, so too, when sf deals ...

Sackville-West, V

(1892-1962) UK author, married to Harold Nicolson and renowned for her creation of the garden at Sissinghurst, Kent; she was almost always called Vita, to avoid confusion with her mother, whose given name was also Victoria. A member of the Bloomsbury Group and a model for the title character of Virginia Woolf's Orlando (1928), she was best known for non-genre novels like The Edwardians (1930). Some of her work was fantasy, such as "An Unborn Visitant" (Christmas Number 1932 Graphic Magazine), ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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