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Introduction to the Online Edition

Welcome to the Fourth Edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, launched online on 6 October 2021 as a direct continuation of the Third Edition, following the amicable end of our decade-long partnership with Gollancz and the SF Gateway. This reference work, which we continue to refer to in short as the SFE, is edited by John Clute and David Langford, with Graham Sleight as Managing Editor and the late Peter Nicholls acknowledged as Founding Editor. Contributing Editors who have shaped ...

Bowkett, Stephen

(1953-    ) UK author, primarily of Young Adult novels, mostly sf, though his first, Spellbinder (1985) in which a young player of magic tricks learns that his Magic is real, is Fantasy; as is Gameplayers (1986). Dualists (1987), whose young protagonists discover a substance able to copy anything (see Doppelgangers; Transmutation), is sf; as is the Wintering sequence comprising Ice (2001), Storm (2002) and Thaw (2002), set in what seems to be a Pocket Universe but is in fact ...

Elgin, Suzette Haden

Working name of US poet, author and teacher Patricia Anne Suzette Wilkins Elgin (1936-2015) for her sf. She combined writing with a professional specialization in Linguistics, having a PhD in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego; she was a professor of linguistics at San Diego State University 1972-1980, subsequently emeritus, and published widely in her specialist field. Her sf began in May 1969 with "For the Sake of Grace" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, ...

Day the Fish Came Out, The

Film (1967). Michael Cacoyannis Productions/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Michael Cacoyannis. Written by Michael Cacoyannis. Cast includes Candice Bergen, Colin Blakely, Tom Courtenay, Ian Ogilvy and Sam Wanamaker. 109 minutes. Colour. / This Near-Future Greek/UK film takes off from a real-life incident in which the US Air Force accidentally lost two H-bombs off the coast of Spain. A NATO bomber crashes into the sea near a small Greek island, losing two H-bombs and a "Doomsday weapon". ...

Guthridge, George

(1948-    ) US teacher and author who has also used the byline George Florance-Guthridge; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Dolls' Demise" in Analog for July 1976, with many further short stories following in F&SF and other venues. His first novel, Death Mask of Pancho Villa (1987) with Carol Gaskin, is a contribution to the Bantam Books Time Machine sequence of Children's SF adventure novels featuring Time Travel. With Janet Berliner he wrote The ...

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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