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Palmer, Raymond A

(1910-1977) US author and editor. His childhood was plagued by serious accidents including one that crushed his spine: in adulthood, as a consequence, he stood less than five feet tall and was hunchbacked, though he never allowed physical stress to affect his career. He was an active sf fan from the late 1920s, together with Walter Dennis creating the Science Correspondence Club (or SCC) in early 1929 with the express purpose of uniting the growing number of small local science/sf fan clubs ...

Fantastic Novels

US bimonthly Pulp magazine, companion to Famous Fantastic Mysteries, which it somewhat resembled though it reprinted longer works complete in one issue. Five issues were published July 1940 to April 1941, by the Frank A Munsey Corp, then it merged with Famous Fantastic Mysteries; it was revived by Popular Publications to publish 20 more issues March 1948 to June 1951, with the numeration of the second series following directly on from the first. It was edited in both incarnations by Mary ...

MacAulay, David

(1946-    ) UK-born artist and author, in the US from 1958; much of his work, beginning with Cathedral: The Story of its Construction (1973), has concentrated on architectural subjects, a focus reflected in Unbuilding (graph 1980), which depicts in pictures and text the hypothetical demolition of the Empire State Building (see New York), and in The Way Things Work (graph 1988), where nonfantastic machines and artefacts are explained graphically by showing how woolly mammals ...

Gaspar, Enrique

(1842-1902) Spanish diplomat, playwright and author, initially of zarzuelas, comic operettas with spoken dialogue in the French manner. He is of sf interest for the book-length "El anacronópete" (in Novelas, coll 1887; trans Yolanda Molina-Gavilán and Andrea Bell as The Time Ship: A Chrononautical Journey 2012) which, although it is not the first text to posit something like Time Travel, seems to be the first to describe a Time Machine – an elaborate hermetically sealed ark ...

Cowan, Frank

(1844-1905) US newspaper editor and author whose Revi-Lona: A Romance of Love in a Marvelous Land (1879), is a Parody of the Lost Race novels so popular in the late nineteenth century. It is set, like many of them, in a clement enclave at one of the poles (in this case Antarctica), where a council of matriarchs falls under the narrator's sexual sway (he sleeps with the entire 25-strong governing council). The results are syphilis and suicide, death and disaster and the escape of the hero (at ...

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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