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Although the concept of "decadence", meaning the state of decay to which an institution has fallen after a long period of prosperity, can be dated to the early 1500s, the more modern sense, of an entire culture succumbing to an enervating lack of vitality (or an indulgence in sloth or sensual pleasures), began to emerge only in the nineteenth century. The belief that cultures eventually fall into a debilitating (and usually irreversible) sickness owes much to The History of the Decline and Fall ...

SFWA Bulletin

A journal, published quarterly, which serves as the official public voice of Science Fiction Writers of America, now Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America but retaining the familiar initials SFWA. The SFWA Bulletin was founded in 1965 and edited 1965-1967 by Damon Knight, as part of his activities in founding SFWA itself. Subsequent editors included Terry Carr (1967-1968), Alexei Panshin (1968-1969), Barry N Malzberg (1969-1970), George Zebrowski (1970-1975), Stephen Goldin ...

Residents, The

US avant-garde art-rock and multimedia collective. A policy of deliberate mystification, apparently integral to the group's artistic practice, makes it hard to say who the members are, although Homer Flynn (1945-    ) and Hardy Fox (1945-2018) are known to have been involved. Promotional material for the group often includes images of four figures dressed in tails and wearing masks, each shaped as a giant eyeball, that entirely enclose their heads. Sf, of a left-field or New ...

Wenzel, Kurt

(1965-    ) US author whose third novel, Exposure (2007), is set in a Near Future 2017 Hollywood (see California), an ad-drenched Media Landscape, including MIBs (Moving Image Billboards) through which stalk the apparent Avatars of dead Cinema stars. The Satire is sharp, though perhaps insufficiently radical – MIBs were common only a few years after 2007 – for the tale to instil much salutary dread. [JC]

FJA's Monsterland

Letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper, with some glossy pages. Published by New Media Publishing. Editor: Forrest J Ackerman to #9, then James Van Hise. 17 issues, February 1985 to Fall 1987. Publication schedule was nominally bimonthly, but in fact fairly erratic. / This was Ackerman's return to Monster Movie magazines after the demise of Famous Monsters of Filmland. FJA's Monsterland attempted to combine coverage of classic Horror and sf film with modern gore and ...

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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