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Anders, Charlie Jane

(?   -    ) US editor, performance artist and author, her early stories being signed Charles Anders, then Charlie Anders. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Skin Switch" in Maelstrom Speculative Fiction for January 1999 as Charles Anders; her shorter work includes The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model (11 August 2010 Tor.com; 2011 ebook), Six Months, Three Days (June 2011 Tor.com; 2011 ebook) – which won a Hugo as best novelette – ...

Screen Monsters

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Myron Fass as SJ Publications Incorporated. Editor: possibly Jeffrey Goodman. Three quarterly issues, all 1981. / One of the last Media Magazines from Fass, Screen Monsters used a good deal of reprinted content from older sf film magazines which Fass had issued in the 1970s, plus a modest amount of new material on such then-recent films as Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980). It is of ...

Ion Drive

A common item of sf Terminology derived from a theoretical means of Rocket propulsion. Chemically fuelled rockets are hampered by the necessity of carrying large burdens of fuel. Other systems, including the ion drive, propose using much lighter fuels, compensating for the decrease in the mass available for propulsion by ejecting it at correspondingly higher velocities. Ions (charged particles) can be accelerated to enormous velocities using a magnetic field, and so would seem an ideal fuel. ...

Phillips, L M

(?   -?   ) US author who seems to have published only two novels, one of which, The Mind Reader (1896), is of sf interest as its hero has, and exercises, the power of Telepathy during his adventures in the American West. The tale eventually moves eccentrically into occult matters, touching on Theosophy en route. [JC]

Terrell, Heather

(1969-    ) US lawyer and author, initially of historical romances, then of Young Adult paranormal romances, and more recently of the Books of Eva sequence beginning with Relic (2013), set initially in an Arctic Near Future Dystopian City after a great Disaster has transformed the world into a Ruined Earth; the young protagonist, haunted by her twin brother's death but preoccupied by two vying youthful suitors, must undergo the Test, which involves a foray into 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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