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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

US professional Online Magazine run by Scott H Andrews and published under the auspices of Firkin Press, Reston, Virginia. It has been published fortnightly since 9 October 2008, passing its 100th issue on 26 July 2012 and its 300th on 9 April 2020. / Beneath Ceaseless Skies specializes in Secondary World [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] Fantasy fiction. However, its remit is broad: according to its own website, these secondary worlds may be "different in terms of zoology ...

Cozzens, James Gould

(1903-1978) US author, best known for his novels of contemporary American life, including Guard of Honor (1948), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, and By Love Possessed (1957), which brought him considerable fame. One of the passengers in the doomed liner (see Ship of Fools) that gives its name to S S San Pedro (August 1930 Scribner's Magazine; 1931) is a malign doctor, a Mysterious Stranger who is an unmistakable allegorical representation of Death; he jumps ship. A second short novel, ...

Bloch, Robert

(1917-1994) US author very much better known for his work in Fantasy and Horror – and also for his associational work, of which there is a sizeable corpus – than for his relatively small amount of sf; in the genres of the fantastic other than sf, he was a seminal modernizing figure, and he repeatedly applied one line of insight – the Blochian revelation that the sick protagonist in the foreground of a tale intricately manifests a larger world similarly (and more ...

Bird, Arthur

(?   -?   ) US author whose Utopia, Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999 (1899), taking off remotely from Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), is a Future History describing an America/UK joint imperium, with America taking the Western Hemisphere (including Canada), and Britain most of the rest. Technology has made great strides, Food Pills eliminate "wasteful, lengthy lunches", Communications have been established with Mars, ...

Swearing

Genre SF authors often depict futuristic swearing, blasphemy and other forms of foul speech, not always with any great conviction. Robert Graves's Lars Porsena; Or, the Future of Swearing and Improper Language (1927 chap; exp vt The Future of Swearing and Improper Language 1936) foreshadows the problem afflicting the SF Magazines for decades after the year of his light-hearted essay – that any realistic bad language was Taboo. Though prepared to risk "bloody" – which George Bernard ...

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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