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Ged, Caer

Pseudonym used by Geo W Proctor for one novel, The Coming of Cormac (1974). Ged is sometimes wrongly listed as a pseudonym of David Gerrold. [JC/DRL] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Polish Sociological SF

A term coined in the 1980s in the wake of the proliferation and popularity of novels and short stories employing science-fictional tropes to allegorically depict and critically analyse either pathologies of the Polish communist state or totalitarianism in general. Several writers were involved in initiating the school, yet in the early 1980s, when most of Janusz A Zajdel's novels were published, he became its most prolific and popular writer, and as a result its natural leader. / A ...

Lane, Mary E Bradley

(1844-1930) US teacher and author of Mizora: A Prophecy [for subtitle and vts see Checklist below] (November 1880-February 1881 Cincinnati Commercial; 1890) as by Princess Vera Zarovitch; the Princess is presumed to narrate. In the frame story she escapes Tsarist Russia northwards through the winter to the North Pole, where she is taken by a whirlwind in the orthodox Symmes manner into a Hollow Earth world called Mizora, the heavens lit by a form of inherent electricity. She discovers there a ...

Astonishing Stories

US Pulp magazine, 16 issues February 1940 to April 1943, mostly bimonthly, published by Fictioneers, Inc, Chicago; edited February 1940 to September 1941 Frederik Pohl and November 1941 to April 1943 Alden H Norton. / Fictioneers, Inc was a subsidiary of Popular Publications. After the success of this magazine and its sister publication, Super Science Stories, both edited by the 19-year-old Pohl, Popular Publications went on to acquire various of the Frank A Munsey magazines, including The ...

Sargent, Pamela

(1948-    ) US editor and author with an MA in classical philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she taught until 1971; she has lived with George Zebrowski for many years. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Landed Minority", in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as early as September 1970, her early work being assembled in Starshadows: Ten Stories (coll 1977) and The Best of Pamela Sargent (coll 1987) edited by Martin H ...

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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