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Lost Worlds

This rubric covers Lost Races, lost Cities, lost lands and Islands: all the enclaves of mystery in a rapidly shrinking world that featured so largely in the sf of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This subgenre was obviously a successor to the Fantastic Voyages of the eighteenth century and earlier, but there are important distinctions to be drawn. The earlier tales had belonged to a world which was still geographically "open"; at the time Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver's ...

Blow, Ernest J

(?   -    ) South African author of Appointment in Space (1963), an undemanding tale whose protagonists take a Spaceship to Mars, where they have some adventures. [JC]

Dickinson, John

(1962-    ) UK author, son of Peter Dickinson, who began publishing work of genre interest with "One for Sorrow" in Fear for March 1990; most of his subsequent work has been fantasy, including the Young Adult Cup of the World sequence beginning with The Cup of the World (2004) and the Muddle and Win sequence for younger children beginning with Muddle and Win: The Battle for Sally Jones (2013). He is of sf interest for WE (2010) whose protagonist, after an eight-year voyage ...


In now somewhat obsolete sf Terminology, a person who is able to use one or more of the powers of ESP, as in E E Smith's "Storm Cloud on Deka" (June 1942 Astonishing) – perhaps its earliest sf appearance. This is usually regarded as including such "passive" powers as Telepathy (mind-reading) and perhaps Precognition and clairvoyance; and occasionally also the "active" psychic abilities – those that interact with the world of matter, such as Telekinesis. However, most sf writers ...

Huntley, Tim

(1939-2019) US author of an sf novel, One on Me (1980), which describes a Utopian world whose citizenry, packed into Keeps, has room for only one more child, the protagonist. Three further novels – the Earthgame sequence, all signed Timothy Wade Huntley and comprising Earthgame: A Player's Guide (1999), Tidwell's Spirit (2002), and The Great God Awshi (2006) – are comic game-like fictions which seem to spoof the lust for toolkit Transcendence that is endemic, Huntley would seem to ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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