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Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

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Shaw, Stanley

(1870-?   ) Australian author in whose sf novel, The Locust Horde (1924), the eponymous swarm consists not of insects on the rampage but Russian women and children, who are involved in a Near Future conspiracy to flood America with immigrants. [JC]

Madden, Timothy A

(1941-    ) US author of Outbanker (1990), a Space Opera, and of The Bruja's Tale (2008), and occult fantasy. [JC]

Solar System

This encyclopedia deals with sf about our Solar System under the following headwords, moving conventionally outward from the Sun (see also Stars for a more general treatment of suns). There are individual entries for Mercury, Venus, the Moon but not the Earth itself – though certain aspects are discussed under Gaia – Mars, the Asteroids, Jupiter, the Outer Planets (comprising Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, the now-demoted Pluto, assorted moons and the frequently imagined "tenth planet", ...

Kring, Michael K

(1952-    ) US author whose Space Mavericks series of Space Operas The Space Mavericks (1980) and Children of the Night (1981) – carries its protagonists through various adventures but not to their destination planet: the conclusion to the series was never published, due to difficulties experienced by Kring's publisher, Leisure Books. [JC]

Kaempfert, Wade

An editorial House Name pseudonym (pronounced Kemfer) used by the editors of Rocket Stories: Lester del Rey on the first two issues and Harry Harrison on the third. [PN]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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