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Gillmore, Inez Haynes

(1873-1970) US author born in Brazil but raised from infancy in the US, whose sf novel, Angel Island (1914), conveys an almost surreal Feminist message with considerable competence – she had been an active feminist from before the end of the century. Six beautiful winged female humanoids, who have enjoyed total freedom in their Lost World at the heart of the eponymous Island, discover six shipwrecked men who (in the Robinsonade tradition) soon take over (see Imperialism); they clip the ...

Race in SF

Racial matters have long been a very highly charged category of Politics. Early science-fictional discussion of the problems of race relations would often distance the issues by a metaphorical transfer to the imaginary or Alien societies of Lost Worlds and other planets, since serious speculation tended to be swamped by anxious fantasies – notably the spectre of the Yellow Peril – and by the kind of unthinking racism and antisemitism which were for many years endemic in popular ...

Elliot, Lee

A House Name used for three sf novels published by Curtis Warren, one each by William Henry Fleming Bird and Denis Hughes and one – Overlord New York (1953) – by an as yet unidentified author. The last is strewn with Scientific Errors, such as a Spaceship accelerating at a killing "one mile per second per second" or 165g, with the effect on the crew being only that "None of the men was able to move without considerable muscular effort ..." [JC]


Videogame series (from 1994). Dynamix. / After developing the first MechWarrior game in the late 1980s (see Battletech), Dynamix lost the licence to Activision. Their response was to create their own version of the Battletech (1984) universe, featuring HERCULANs (human and AI piloted bipedal robots) in a unique Future History, and develop their own games within this Metaltech continuity. The first game, Earthsiege (1994 Dynamix, DOS), is similar to the 1989 MechWarrior, with pilots playing ...

Griffiths, John

(1934-    ) UK author in whose sf novel, The Survivors (1965), an assorted group of folk hang on in a Cornish cave after China starts World War Three. A nonfiction (and significantly unliterary) study, Three Tomorrows: American, British and Soviet Science Fiction (1980), treats the genre as a forum, defined – according to the sociological principles of Karl Mannheim (1893-1947), author of Ideologie und Utopie (1929; trans Louis Writh and Edward Shils as Ideology and ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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