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Giesy, J U

(1877-1947) US physiotherapist, screenwriter and Pulp-magazine writer, author of many stories, most not sf, in Argosy and All-Story Weekly 1914-1934. All for His Country (21 February-14 March 1914 Cavalier; 1915), which combines Future War and Edisonade elements, pits a young inventor's radium-powered plane (see Elements), complete with Antigravity, against the treacherous Japanese, who burn Los Angeles (see California) to the ground, and who boast their own Weapon, an advanced aerial torpedo; ...

Mothership Zeta

US quarterly Online Magazine produced by Escape Artists, Inc. and edited by Mur Lafferty. It is a companion to the podzines Escape Pod, Pseudopod and Podcastle. After a small trial issue in September 2015, it appeared for six issues from October 2015 to January 2017 before it ran into financial difficulties. / Its emphasis was on fiction that was fun and did not take itself too seriously. That was demonstrated in the first issue with the Lovecraftian spoof "Tales of a Fourth-Grade Shoggoth" ...

Addams, Charles

(1912-1988) US cartoonist and illustrator, a prolific contributor to the magazine The New Yorker from 1932 until his death; he had a macabre sense of Humour and a firm brush-line and wash style. His cartoons were invariably signed Chas Addams. He is best known for his creation of the grotesque Addams Family, whom he first introduced in The New Yorker; these characters have been widely exploited on Television and in the Cinema [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The family ...

Saintcrow, Lilith

(1976-    ) US author of several series in closely associated genres, most of them incorporating more than one mode: the mix usually involves paranormal romance topoi, sometimes in connection with Vampires, sometimes with Werewolves; and Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], sometimes set in the Near Future. Her first series, the Watcher sequence beginning with Dark Watcher (2004), is an historical fantasy that edges towards some underlying sf ...

Adam and Eve

Brian W Aldiss has given the name Shaggy God Stories to stories which provide simple-minded sf frameworks for Biblical myths. A considerable fraction of the unsolicited material submitted to sf magazines is or was reputed to consist of stories of this kind, the plot most frequently represented being the one in which survivors of a space disaster land on a virgin world and reveal (in the final line) that their names are Adam and Eve. Understandably, these stories rarely see print, although A E ...

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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