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Hunt, H L

(1889-1974) Polyprogenitive US oil tycoon, and author of the Alpaca sequence comprising Alpaca (1960) and Alpaca Revisited (1967), which begins as a romantic excursion into the eponymous Utopian kingdom, then becomes a more formal set of arguments designed to keep lands such as Alpaca free from dictators. Chief among these is the suggestion that voting rights be weighted in favour of the age and wealth of the voter. Taxes will be minimal. A utopian land will be constructed out of small cells ...

First Fandom

Informal fan organization founded in 1959 by Bob Madle and Don Ford, originally confined to those active in Fandom prior to 1 January 1938. Owing to the inevitable attrition of these "golden era" or "dinosaur" fans, associate membership has for many years been available to anyone participating in fan activities (including Fanzines, Conventions and sf clubs) for 30 or more years. Two awards are presented. Distinguished fans are annually added to the First Fandom Hall of Fame in both living and ...

Nomad Soul, The

Videogame (1999; vt Omikron: The Nomad Soul in the US). Quantic Dream. Designed by David Cage. Platforms: Win (1999), DC (2000). / The Nomad Soul is a Science and Sorcery action-Adventure, set in a Parallel World which fuses a somewhat routine Cyberpunk background with ritual magic and supernatural predators (see Gods and Demons). As in the Manhunter series, the action and Adventure aspects are unusually disjunct; in this game most of the player's time is spent exploring the world, talking ...

Baker, Henry

(1698-1774) Naturalist and early microscopist, one of the founders of the Society of Arts in 1754; the father-in-law of Daniel Defoe. He was the author of an epic poem, The Universe (1727), the subtitle of which proclaims its intended aim "to restrain the pride of Man". This is something Baker attempts by striving repeatedly for what we might call a Sense of Wonder ("Amazing Thought! What Mortal can conceive!") occasioned by the enormity of his subject (see Cosmology). The poem finds life ...

Janus/Aurora

US feminist sf Fanzine (1975-1990) edited from Madison, Wisconsin, by Jan Bogstad, Jeanne Gomoll and Diane Martin (#1-#3 by Bogstad, #4-#17 by Bogstad and Gomoll, #18-#26 by Martin). Janus (which became Aurora with #19) was born as Feminism began making itself felt in sf in the mid-1970s. It carried articles by Samuel R Delany, Suzette Haden Elgin, Joanna Russ and Jessica Amanda Salmonson (1950-    ), and interviews with Octavia Butler, Suzy McKee Charnas, Jo Clayton, ...

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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