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Jemisin, N K

(1972-    ) US psychologist and author, mostly fantasy, who began publishing work of genre interest with "L'Alchimista" in Scattered, Covered, Smothered (anth 2004) edited by Jason Erik Lundberg, and who is best known for her first two sequences. The Inheritance Trilogy – comprising The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (2010), which won a Locus Award for best first novel, The Broken Kingdoms (2010) and The Kingdom of Gods (2011) – can be understood in terms of dynastic ...

Appel, Allen

(1945-    ) US photographer and author whose Alex Balfour Time-Travel sequence – Time after Time (1985), Twice Upon a Time (1988), Till the End of Time (1990) and In Time of War (2003) – hovers, as do so many tales of this sort, between sf and fantasy. The protagonist's visits (first to the Russian Revolution; then to the time of Mark Twain and General Custer, dealing en passant with the ethnic cleansing of Native Americans; then to Hiroshima, whose destruction ...

Hall, Owen

Pseudonym of UK-born politician and author Hugh H Lusk (1838-1926), in New Zealand and Australia most of his life; not to be confused with Owen Hall, the pseudonym under which UK theatre critic James Davis (1853-1907) wrote plays. Along with some supernatural tales, Hall is of interest for a Lost Race tale, Eureka (1899), whose scholarly protagonists proceed, via the perusal of ancient documents, to the discovery of a hidden City in Australia, home of a last remnant of Alexander the Great's ...

Kate & Leopold

Film (2001). Miramax Films presents a Konrad Pictures production. Directed by James Mangold. Written by Mangold and Steve Rogers. Cast includes Hugh Jackman, Natasha Lyonne, Meg Ryan, Liev Schreiber and Bradley Whitford. Theatrical version 113 minutes; Director's Cut 118 minutes. Colour. / In present-day New York a maverick inventor (Schreiber) discovers a time portal (see Time Gate) to 1876, but is pursued back to the present by an aristocratic British futurist (Jackman) who romances the ...

Unknown

US magazine, 39 issues, March 1939 to October 1943, published by Street & Smith, edited by John W Campbell Jr; pulp-size March 1939 to August 1941, letter-size October 1941 to April 1943, then back to pulp-size to October 1943; monthly March 1939 to December 1940, then bimonthly. / The fantasy companion to Astounding Science-Fiction, Unknown was one of the most sophisticated of all Pulp magazines, and its demise one of the most lamented. The first issue featured Eric Frank Russell's ...

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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