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Lewisohn, Ludwig

(1882-1955) German-born translator, editor and author, in the US from 1890, who began writing work of genre interest with "The Cave of the Glittering Lamps" for All-Story in October-December 1910, a Lost Race tale set Underground. Of his many novels, Trumpet of Jubilee (1937), a tale about Hitler's Germany that ends in a Future War, is of sf interest. [JC]

Lafferty, Mur

Working name of US podcaster, journalist and author Mary Lafferty (1973-    ), active in the former capacity from around 2004; after audio release of some fiction, she began publishing work of genre interest with "Rex the Dog" in Murky Depths for June 2008. The issuing of her first novel, Playing for Keeps (2008), marks her sophisticated use of contemporary media: the tale was first published as an audio book, then as an ebook, then in print form: the narrative itself is a ...


This class of Supernatural Creature has effectively spawned its own subgenre, chiefly under the Fantasy rather than the sf umbrella; they may be concisely defined as "cannibalistic reanimated corpses". Vampires, Werewolves and other mythic Shapeshifters are endemic in the overlapping genres of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance [for Brian Stableford's definition of Vampires, and for Shapeshifter and Werewolves, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Vampires normally bear some ...

Stevens, Francis

Pseudonym of US author Gertrude Barrows Bennett (1883-1948), who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Curious Experience of Thomas Dunbar" in Argosy for March 1904 as by G M Barrows, and who ended her career with twelve quite highly acclaimed tales for the early Pulp magazines, all between 1917 and 1923. The longer stories include The Nightmare (14 April 1917 All-Story Weekly; 2003 chap) set in a surreal Lost World embedded in a Pacific Island with a storyline that sometimes ...

War of the Worlds

1. US CBS Radio play (1938). Part of the Mercury Theatre on the Air series of plays, the 30 October 1938 dramatization of H G Wells's War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898) was arguably the most famous broadcast ever made; an adaptation by Howard Koch of the novel, in which the original London and environs is replaced by exurban New York, it was produced by and starred Orson Welles, who gained immediate notoriety when a significant number of listeners came to believe that the ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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