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Two Complete Science-Adventure Books

US Pulp magazine, thrice yearly, eleven issues, Winter 1950 to Spring 1954, published by Wings Publishing Co. New York, a subsidiary of Fiction House; edited by Jerome Bixby (Winter 1950-Summer 1951), Malcolm Reiss (Winter 1951-Summer 1953) and Katharine Daffron (Winter 1953-Spring 1954). Issues numbered #1-#11. / A companion magazine to Planet Stories, Two Complete Science-Adventure Books was originally intended to reprint recently published sf novels in cheap magazine format: #1 contained ...

Swirsky, Rachel

(1982-    ) US editor, poet and author, focusing in the latter capacity solely on work in shorter forms; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Scene from a Dystopia" in Subterranean #4 (2006). By 2013 she had already released nearly fifty stories, almost all of them bristling with transgressive "violations" of the genre purities of the previous century; her work represents a strenuous and at times stringent argument for the central role of Fantastika (see also ...

Hawke, Sam

(?   -    ) Australian author whose Poison Wars sequence, beginning with City of Lies (2018) hovers Equipoisally between Fantasy and moderately Far Future topoi with an infusion of worldbuilding in the style of the Planetary Romance. An expansive-seeming culture, with resemblances to sentimental versions of ancient Rome, turns out to conceal a Dystopian power structure. This book won a Ditmar Award as best novel. [JC]

Kerr, Artemus P

(1851-?1901) US author of a spoof sf Satire, The Lost Tribes and the Land of Nod: An Original Natural Gas Story (1897 chap), whose narrator, after a Fantastic Voyage to an Island where he finds a Lost World containing the Lost Tribes of Israel and starts an industrial revolution. [JC]

de Listonai, Mr

Attributed pseudonym of French author Daniel Jost de Villeneuve, whose full name may have been Daniel Jost de Villeneuve de Listonai (17??-17??); his Proto SF tale, Le Voyageur Philosophe dans un Pays Inconnu aux Inhabitants de la Terre (1761 2vols; trans Brian Stableford as The Philosophic Voyager in an Island Unknown to the Inhabitants of Earth 2015), carries its protagonist by space ship to the Moon, where he discovers a Utopia run on strictly rational lines from the City of Selenopolis. The ...

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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