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Slocombe, George

(1894-1963) UK journalist whose first assignment was to report on the sinking of the Titanic in 1912; and author whose Near Future Dictator (1932), set in an imaginary European country, describes the rise of a tyranny there. Escape into the Past (1943) features an artist's wife who Timeslips irrevocably into the seventeenth century. [JC]


For games as a theme within sf, see Games and Sports. This entry deals with games based on sf and provides a gateway to the extensive network of game entries added in the third edition of this encyclopedia. / Games are an ancient form of entertainment which have been part of human culture since at least 2600 BCE, when the Royal Game of Ur was played in Mesopotamia (see Board Games). The long history of Board Games and Card Games has, however, little connection to the development of science ...


This article deals with music as it is portrayed and speculated about in sf. For discussion of actual music with sf themes, see SF Music. / Of the Arts, music is the one most commonly featured in sf – albeit not quite to the extent that Fantasy is pervaded by it. Several sf writers studied it, notably including Lloyd Biggle Jr (PhD in musicology), Langdon Jones and Edgar Pangborn, or were for a time professionally or semiprofessionally involved in music: Philip K Dick purveyed ...

Indiana, Rita

(1977-    ) Dominican singer-songwriter and author, who is of sf interest for her third novel, La mucama de Omicunlé ["Omicunlés Maid"] (2015; trans by Achy Obejas as Tentacle 2018), set initially in 2037, in a Near Future Dominican Republic devastated by Climate Change and other Disasters. The protagonist Acilde, who is the Dominican president's maid, has worked as a prostitute before becoming Ominculé's protegé, and subsequently her heir. While ...

Leach, Decima

(?   -    ) Author, presumably UK and perhaps pseudonymous, who is known only for her sf novel The Garthians (1962). [JC/DRL]

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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