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Kirkby, John

(circa 1705-1754) UK clergyman and author whose two main works were plagiarized and who may also have written as Pythagorolunister (see Checklist below for title). He substantially lifted his A New English Grammar (1746) from New Grammar (1745) by Anne Fisher (1719-1778), and is not therefore responsible for the eighteenth-century invention of the convention that "he" can stand for he, or she, or it. Fisher's Grammar remained popular; Kirkby's soon went out of print. / Journey to the World ...

Strickland, James R

(1967-    ) US author of two novels in the Drumlin series, Drumlin Circus (2011 dos) and On Gossamer Wings (2011 chap dos), both with Jeff Duntemann, the series creator (who see for details). Solo, Strickland has written two singletons: Looking Glass (2007), a Near Future Cyberpunk tale set in a Dystopian America, in which a paraplegic security operative must confront online a killer capable of Dream Hacking; and Irreconcilable Differences (2008), set in a similar world with ...

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, The

The present encyclopedia was first conceived by Peter Nicholls in the mid-1970s and was published as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: An Illustrated A to Z (1979; vt The Science Fiction Encyclopedia 1979). The title page listed Nicholls as General Editor, John Clute as Associate Editor, Carolyn Eardley as Technical Editor, and Malcolm Edwards and Brian Stableford as Contributing Editors. Numerous others were involved, including John Brosnan who wrote many film entries. Besides the expected ...

Fandom

The active readership of sf and fantasy, maintaining contacts through Fanzines and Conventions. Fandom originated in the late 1920s, shortly after the appearance of the first SF Magazines. Readers contacted each other, formed local groups (some of which, notably the Science Fiction League, were professionally sponsored), and soon began publication of APAS and other amateur magazines, which came to be known collectively as fanzines. The first recorded fan club meeting was that of the New York ...

Ebbs, Paul

(circa 1965-    ) UK poet, screenwriter and author, in the latter two capacities producing content in various theatres of the Doctor Who universe: Doctor Who: New Adventures: The Book of the Still (2002), in which a Book serves as a lifeline for stranded time travellers (see Time Travel), the story spiralling complexly (for this universe) into a kind of Bollywood musical extravaganza; and the script for a video release, in The Bernice Summerfield Adventures sequence, whose ...

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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