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Riddell, J L

(1807-1865) US chemist, botanist, inventor and author of Orrin Lindsay's Plan of Aerial Navigation, with a Narrative of his Explorations in the Higher Regions of the Atmosphere, and his Wonderful Voyage Round the Moon! (1847 chap), a hoax narrative clearly indebted to Edgar Allan Poe's "Hans Phaall – A Tale" (June 1835 The Southern Literary Messenger), both exemplifying the complex interrelation between hoax and Thought Experiment significant in the shaping of twentieth-century Hard SF. ...

Clark, Jan

(?   -    ) US author, mainly known for the two volumes of her Prodigy sequences of Space Operas comprising Prodigy (1997) and Earth Herald (1998), featuring Rieka Degahv, female captain of a military spaceship who becomes embroiled in an interstellar intrigue designed to topple a commonwealth of species, in which humans are present but do not dominate. The fast pace and claustrophobic competence of her writing has caused her work to be likened to that of C J ...

Yellow Peril

The popular Term, not only within sf circles, for military or economic expansionism by China and other Far Eastern nations (see Invasion; Politics) as seen through the distorting lens of Western Paranoia, and understandable in those terms as central to the language and fears expressed in Imperial Gothic in the years before World War One. It seems to have been coined – in German as "gelbe Gefahr" – by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1895. Early US examples of this theme before it gained its ...

Time Masters

Franco-Hungarian animated film (1982); original title Les Maîtres du temps. Télécip, TF1 Films Production. Directed by René Laloux. Written by René Laloux, Jean-Patrick Manchette and Moebius (Jean Giraud). Voice cast includes Michel Elias, Frédéric Legros, Yves-Marie Maurin, Monique Thierry and Jean Valmont. 79 minutes. Colour. / When his parents are killed by brain-eating Frelons, the child Piel (Legros) is left alone in a strange forest on ...

Ocampo, Silvina

(1903-1993) Argentinian editor, journalist, painter, poet and author, married to Adolfo Bioy Casares from 1940 until her death, long associated with Jorge Luis Borges mainly through the almost conjugal conversations between their fiction, much of which in both cases was written in the late 1930s and 1940s; and as collaborator in the extremely influential Antologia de la Literatura Fantástica (anth 1940; trans various hands as The Book of Fantasy 1988) with Bioy Casares and Borges. Though ...

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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