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Żuławski, Jerzy

(1874-1915) Polish playwright, poet and author, of sf interest for his The Lunar Trilogy, an unprecedented work in Polish literature about the colonization of the Moon: Na Srebrnym Globie. Rękopis z Księżyca ["On the Silver Globe. A Manuscript from the Moon"] (1903), Zwycięzca ["The Victor"] (1910) and Stara ziemia ["Old Earth"] (1911) whose themes range from Colonization of Other Worlds to human mythmaking proclivities (see Mythology), religious urges (see Religion) and the ...

Draulans, Dirk

(1956-    ) Belgian biologist and author whose sf novel, De rode koningin: roman over de oorlog tussen man en vrouw (1994; trans Sam Garrett as The Red Queen: A Novel of the War Between the Sexes 1998), presents a Dystopian view of Genetic Engineering, as a ferocious woman (unusual among her ineffective, passive, technologically incompetent kind) hunts down the last fertile male human. [JC]

Introduction to the CD-ROM Edition (1995)

This CD-ROM edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction differs from the 1993 book text in two ways. (1) We have corrected all the 1993 errors which we have ourselves discovered, or which have been brought to our attention through the ongoing conversation we have been privileged to conduct with scores – more like hundreds – of correspondents and colleagues. We have also added information such as dates where we had missed them, or where they had not previously been brought to ...


Polish monthly Magazine launched in the gloomy times of martial law in October 1982 as the first press publication exclusively devoted to Fantastika (John Clute's umbrella term is consciously and deliberately evoked here as derived from the Eastern European languages, including Polish "fantastyka", which universally covers all literature with fantastic elements in it and rather naturally was chosen as the title for the magazine); its scope was wide enough to include both Genre SF, Fantasy, and ...

Quinn, James L

(1910-?   ) US editor whose Quinn Publishing Company started the magazine If in 1952; Quinn became editor after the first four issues. Its circulation gradually declined, and in 1958 Quinn appointed Damon Knight in his place. The magazine's fortunes did not revive and Quinn suspended publication, subsequently selling the title to the publishers of Galaxy Science Fiction. With Eve Wulff he edited two anthologies drawn from the Quinn Publishing era of the magazine: The First World ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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