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Anonymous SF Editors

This entry, as a companion to Anonymous (dealing with never-identified authors), notes uncredited and never-identified Anthology editors who owing to their anonymity can be referred to only by citing their productions. Anonymously edited sf Anthologies are not particularly common, unlike the case with ghost and horror stories. We do not treat pairs of novellas or novels bound in Dos-à-Dos format (in the larger sense discussed in that entry) as anthologies. / Where their names have ...


Japanese animated tv series (2020). Created by the Deca-Dence Project. NUT. Directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa. Written by Hiroshi Seko. Voice cast includes Katsuyuki Konishi, Tomori Kusunoki and Michiyo Murase. Twelve 23-minute episodes. Colour. / The first episode presents us with a generic Anime scenario: long ago the Gadoll, Monsters of varying size and shape, wiped out 90% of Earth's population; the mobile fortress Deca-Dence was built, becoming the last redoubt of humanity (see Keep). It is ...

Blomkamp, Neill

(1979-    ) South African-born Canadian filmmaker, who was making precocious computer-animated films in his teens in Johannesburg (in which capacity he worked with a young television producer named Sharlto Copley) before emigrating to Vancouver with his family at 17; he attended Vancouver Film School and made a series of impressive early sf short films while working for Canadian visual-effects and advertising companies. Of particular note were Tetra Vaal (2004), a ...

Newcomb, Cyrus F

(1831-1905) US author presumed to have written The Book of Algoonah: Being a Concise Account of the History of the Early People of the Continent of America, Known as Mound Builders (1884) anonymous, a Prehistoric SF tale in which America is colonized by Assyrians and other explorers from the Middle-East; their culture boasts some elements of advanced science and Technology, but is eventually submerged. There has been speculation that Algoonah was written by J M Hanks, but evidence is scanty. ...

Petersilea, Carlyle

(1844-1903) US pianist and author of the Discovered Country sequence, a discursive spiritualist Utopia expounded in The Discovered Country (1889) as by Ernst von Himmel and Oceanides: A Psychical Novel (1890) also as by von Himmel, both novels being republished in 1892 as by Petersilea. The series cannot be called sf as such, but is interestingly specific about the afterlife containing no Heaven or Hell but a Platonic world whose presiding angels take the protagonist to Jupiter, and show him ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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