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Yansky, Brian

(1957-    ) US author whose Near Future Young Adult Sangrian Invasion sequence – comprising Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences (2010) and Homicidal Aliens & Other Disappointments (2013) – is set after an Alien Invasion has unhoused the young protagonist, who must learn how to survive while resisting the enemy. The Telepathic Sangrians combine a typical disdain for Homo sapiens and an evolved Ecological consciousness: their motives for genocide against ...

Windsor, William

(1857-?   ) US phrenologist and author of Loma, a Citizen of Venus (1897), in which the eponymous Extraterrestrial from Venus sojourns on Earth, demonstrating his effortless superiority to Homo sapiens, initially by saving a pregnant woman from drowning. He takes her case as a demonstration of the inadequacy of Earth's patriarchy-obsessed Religions, and also of the general maltreatment of women (see Feminism; Women in SF), which blights the human species. As he explains, ...

Beyond Infinity

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, November/December 1967, published by I D Publications, Hollywood; edited by Doug Stapleton. This was an ill-judged magazine, jumbling together previously unsold material from the bottom drawer of various literary agents, mostly Scott Meredith. The result was that although it contained work by Ben Bova, John Brunner and John Christopher the stories were generally mundane and dated. The fantasy element was stronger than the sf in this rapidly aborted and weak ...

SF Magazines

Sf stories were a popular and prominent feature of such general-fiction Pulp magazines as The Argosy and The All-Story during the first quarter of the twentieth century. They were not, however, known as sf: if there were any need to differentiate them, the terms Scientific Romance or "different stories" might be used, but until the appearance of a magazine specifically devoted to sf no one had coined an accepted term to describe the category. The first specialized English-language pulps with a ...


Pseudonym of Italian Futurist poet and theoretician Vincenzo Fani Ciotti (1888-1927), whose sf novel, La fine del mondo ["The End of the World"] (1921), is a declaredly Fascist tale whose hero – frustrated at Earth's refusal to clear Jupiter of its natives so that humanity can press outwards to create a Galactic Empire – travels to that planet, where he immolates himself in a great explosion that destroys the Jovian government. [JC]

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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