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Blodgett, Mabel Fuller

(1869-1959) US author, mostly of children's books, of sf interest for her Lost Race novel, At the Queen's Mercy (1897), a tale set in Africa and visibly reflecting the influence of H Rider Haggard in its depiction of a mysterious walled city – Phoenician in origin – ruled by a white queen named La who reigns over Black subjects. Blodgett also wrote society novels, and some children's fantasy [see Checklist]. [JC]

Edge Detector

Canadian Semiprozine, published and edited by Glenn Grant of London, Ontario (for the first two issues; Montreal, Quebec for the third issue) which saw three letter-size issues in Summer 1988, Summer 1989 and Summer 1991, all three computer-typeset. The magazine sought to develop experimental fiction beyond the Cyberpunk revolution and included work by Paul Di Filippo and Rudy Rucker in the first issue, Keith Brooke in the second issue and Lyle Hopwood in the third, amongst others. There was ...

Sologub, Fyodor

Pseudonym of Russian poet and author Fyodor Kuz'mich Teternikov (1863-1927), who remains best known for his second novel, Melkii bes (1905 Voprosy zhizhi; 1907; trans John Cournos and Richard Aldington as The Little Demon 1916; new trans Andrew Field as The Petty Demon 1962); the title refers to a nearly supernatural apotheosis of numbing mediocrity, mercilessly depicted, which devours the schoolteacher protagonist, generating an intense physical Paranoia that manifests as a kind of ghost. A ...

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein

US film (1957). Santa Rosa Productions, American International Pictures. Executive producers Samuel Z Arkoff, James H Nicholson. Directed by Herbert L Strock. Written by Herman Cohen, Aben Kandel. Cast includes Whit Bissell, Robert Burton, Phyllis Coates and Gary Conway. 74 minutes, cut to 72 minutes. Black and white, with colour finale. / Professor Frankenstein (Bissell), seemingly an ordinary college professor in an unnamed US town, is a descendant of the nineteenth-century doctor from ...

Waldo, Cedric Dane

Pseudonym of Greek-born author Cecil Drummond-Wolff (1864-1943), in the UK from infancy, brother of Adeline Kingscote (1860-1908), who wrote as by Lucas Cleeve, none of whose sixty novels seem to employ the fantastic. Waldo's The Ban of the Gubbe (1896) Equipoisally presents a folkloristic rendering of a race of fish-like beings who have for aeons co-inhabited Scotland with Homo sapiens, but in cod Evolutionary terms. The leader of the "Fiskmann", who is known as the Gubbe, may be Immortal, and ...

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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