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Superheroes [magazine]

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Published by Warren Publishing. Credited editor: James Warren. One issue only, October 1966. / This publication seems to have been designed entirely to take advantage of the Superheroes craze ignited by the Television series Batman (1966-1968) and the upcoming feature film Batman (1966; vt Batman – The Movie; vt Batman '66) based upon that programme (see Batman Films). Besides this material, Superheroes reprinted ...

Hatfield, Frank

Pseudonym of US author John Stevens (?   -?   ), whose Lost Race novel, The Realm of Light (1908), is couched in the form of a manuscript left to Stevens by Frank Hatfield; the setting is a high plateau in Africa, where the Zoeians apply advanced Technology to sustain existences so spiritually elevated (see Religion) that Hatfield deems them to be "living exponents" of Christ. [JC]

Maguire, John Francis

(1815-1872) Irish nationalist politician and journalist, founder of the Cork Examiner. In his sf novel The Next Generation (1871 3vols), set in 1891, the UK has been much improved by steam-powered Balloons and the granting of women's suffrage (see Feminism); romance and the explication of other meliorist reforms just this side of Utopia take up the remainder of a very long book. "Jack Tubbs, or The Happy Isle", in Young Prince Marigold, and Other Fairy Stories (coll 1873), features an Edenic ...

Hatch, Mary R P

(1848-1935) US author who also published as by Mabel Percy, including some mysteries set in the White Mountains of New Hampshire; her novel of sf interest, The Missing Man (first appeared 1892 Portland Maine Transcript; 1892), is a mystery tale whose solution depends on Telepathy. [JC]

Spotswood, Claire Myers

(1896-1983) Working name of US author Clairene Lenora Allen Myers Owens for her first novel, and only work of sf interest, The Unpredictable Adventure: A Comedy of Woman's Independence (1935), a Utopia told in allegorical language. The protagonist, Tellectina Femina Christian, abandons Smug Harbor in the Land of Err for the Forbidden Kingdom of Nithking, where the two personae signalled by her given names become separate but incomplete individuals. Only in an ideal society, where women are ...

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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