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Guest, Ernest

Pseudonym of the UK author Henry Gilbert (1868-1937), none of whose works under his own name have fantastic content, though Robin Hood and the Men of the Greenwood (1912) hints at a Green Man [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] provenance. As Guest, Gilbert wrote At the End of the World: A Vision (1929), in which the End of the World – and of the solar system itself – is dramatized through the death of the Last Man; the tale then segues – after the fashion of ...

Garnier, Charles-Georges-Thomas

(1746-1795) French barrister, translator and anthologist whose first work of significance seems to have been Cabinet des fées, ou collection de contes des fées et autre contes merveilleux ["The Fairy Cabinet, or Collection of Fairy Tales and Other Marvellous Tales"] (1785-1789 41 vols) with Charles J de Mayer (1751-1825). Of strong sf interest is his vast Anthology of (in the main) Fantastic Voyage tales, Voyages imaginaires, Songes, Visions, et Romans Cabalistiques ["Imaginary ...

Shaggy God Story

Term coined by Brian W Aldiss for the once-common sf Cliché of crudely rationalized Biblical myth. A typical specimen would derive its entire impact, or lack of impact, from the revelation that two experimental lifeforms released to populate an empty world are in fact Adam and Eve (which see for further discussion). Defining "shaggy god story" in his short-lived "Dr Peristyle" column for New Worlds [see "further reading" below], Aldiss claimed that sf magazine editors "get approximately ...

Adventure Time

US animated tv series (2007; 2010-2018; 2020-2021). Cartoon Network. Created by Pendleton Ward. Executive producers: Pendleton Ward, Fred Seibert, Derek Drymon. Writers include Rebecca Sugar (creator of Steven Universe), Adam Muto and Pendleton Ward. Directors include Nate Cash, Elizabeth Ito, Seo Kim, Larry Leichliter and Adam Muto. Voice cast includes John DiMaggio (Bender in Futurama), Tom Kenny, Olivia Olson, Jeremy Shada and Hynden Walch. 283 eleven-minute episodes, plus the 2007 pilot, ...

Kellogg, Vernon

(1867-1937) US entomologist, biologist and author; initially a pacifist in World War One, he recorded that his shock at the brutal implications of the Social Darwinism promulgated by senior German officers he met forced a change of mind, as he recorded in Headquarters Nights [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1917) (see also Eugenics). These encounters may have inspired Nuova; Or, the New Bee: A Story for Children of Five to Fifty (1920), in which Utopian topoi commingle with Beast Fable [see ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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