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Australian Small Press magazine of Speculative Fiction, which included not only fantasy and horror but also Slipstream SF, published and edited in Perth, Western Australia, by a consortium that included Stephen Dedman, Simon Oxwell and Anna Hepworth. It made small token payments for fiction. Its name was derived from a small Convention held in Perth in 2001 which had seen the release of an anthology Borderlands: The World Within (anth 2001 chap) edited by Anna Hepworth, Simon Oxwell and Grant ...

Du Bois, W E B

(1868-1963) US sociologist, historian, journalist and author; active from the early 1890s, the first African-American to gain a doctorate from Harvard University (in 1895); a co-founder in 1909 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was a central figure for many decades in campaigns for full civil rights. His two best known books, The Souls of Black Folk (coll 1903) and Black Reconstruction in America (1935), remain seminal texts. He is of sf interest ...

Flip Flappers

Japanese animated tv series (2016). Studio 3Hz. Directors include Kiyotaka Oshiyama. Writers include Yuniko Ayana and Naoki Hayashi. Voice cast includes Mao Ichimichi, Ai Kayano, Ayaka Ohashi, Minami Takahashi and Kenjirô Tsuda. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / In a Near Future Japan, reserved schoolgirl Cocona (Takahashi) meets the enthusiastic Papika (Ichimichi), a member of the agency FlipFlap; accompanied by the Robot Boo-Chan they visit the worlds of "Pure Illusion" to ...

Griffin, Peni R

(1961-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Tower of Voices" for Pandora (Summer 1988 #20), but who has since concentrated almost exclusively of Timeslip fantasies for the Young Adult market (not listed below); her first novel, however, Otto from Otherwhere (1990), competently depicts the interaction between human adolescents and an Alien who has arrived, interdimensionally, on their doorsteps. [JC]

Heslop, Val

Working name of Valentine Voltaire Heslop (1894-1946), Australian author whose Lost Race tale, The Lost Civilization: A Story of Adventure in Central Australia (1936), is set in an Underground world beneath Australia inhabited by a technologically advanced white race, a monarchy descended from both ancient Egyptians and Mayans. Telepathy is in evidence; women (see Women in SF) are under the control of their male "betters". Disaster ensues, ending this world. [JC]

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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