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An sf group active 1938-1945, significantly located in New York, then and now the publishing centre for American sf. The group was notable for radical politics and the conviction that sf fans should be forward-looking and constructive; the name came from J Michael Rosenblum's UK fanzine, The Futurian. Though deeply involved in Fanzine publishing and internal ...


Immortality is one of the basic motifs of speculative thought; the elixir of life and the fountain of youth are hypothetical goals of classic intellectual and exploratory quests. What is usually involved is, strictly speaking, extreme longevity and freedom from ageing, if not actual Rejuvenation – the uselessness of the former without the latter is reflected in the myth of Tithonus and in Jonathan Swift's account of the ...

Reamy, Tom

Working name of US author, movie projectionist and graphic designer Thomas Earl Reamy (1935-1977); early involved in Fandom, he won a Hugo in 1967 and 1969 for his Fanzine Trumpet, afterwards publishing Nickelodeon, and participating in Shayol. He began publishing with "Twilla" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in September 1974 ...

Hendrix, Howard V

(1959-    ) US academic and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "In the Smoke" (in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Vol 2, anth 1986, ed Algis Budrys); other early work was assembled in Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 (coll 1990 chap). After an academic study of medieval and Renaissance texts that invoke visions of last things, ...

Korshak, Erle

(1923-2021) US fan (active in Fandom from 1934), Convention runner, book dealer, publisher and lawyer who in 1947 co-founded the important early Small Press Shasta Publishers (which see) with T E Dikty and Mark Reinsberg. He was one of the organizing triumvirate of the first Chicago ...

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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