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Bell, Derrick

(1930-2011) US lawyer, academic and author, a central figure in the creation of what became known as "critical race theory", the argument that racism – which as a Black lawyer he had been involved in combating – was so inherent in American society that apparent reductions in segregation and discrimination would be cosmetic. The basic institutional racism of America, he argued, would inevitably reassert itself to the advantage of the already advantaged. / Though he wrote some ...

De Mendelssohn, Peter

(1908-1982) German author of Jewish birth, born Peter von Mendelssohn, whose publishing career, which began in 1930, was interrupted by exile after 1933; by World War Two he was a UK citizen, though he returned to Munich in 1970. His sf novel, Fortress in the Skies: A Tale (1943; vt The Hours and the Centuries: A Tale 1944) as by Peter Mendelssohn, which was written in English, sets a Utopia in a deserted mountain village, a redoubt-like Zone seemingly detached from historical time, though by ...

Keen SF

US Semiprozine published and edited by Teresa Keene, Spokane, Washington; 12 issues, April 1996 to March 1997. A neat, Digest-size booklet, usually of between 40-50 pages, Keene paid 1½¢-a-word, striving to secure a decent pay-base. Her interests were in traditional "classic" forms of science fiction rather than modern trends and she encouraged her contributors to emulate their predecessors but with their own original treatment. Contributors included Michael Ambrose, Jeff Berkwits, ...

Dain, Alex

Pseudonym of US therapist and author Alex Lukeman (1941-    ), who has published under his own name several books on the nature of dreams and the ongoing thriller series The Project, which relates the exploits of the eponymous secret US counter-terrorism unit, beginning with White Jade (2011). Lukeman used the Alex Dain byline for his first novel only: The Bane of Kanthos (1969 dos), which is Science Fantasy. [JC/DRL]

Space Fact and Fiction

UK magazine in slim standard Pulp format. Eight monthly issues March to October 1954, several undated, published and edited by Gerald Swan, London. It published mainly reprints from wartime issues of Future Fiction and Science Fiction Stories, slanted towards the juvenile reader, but also new stories; the April 1954 issue was all new, though of no merit. An album of unsold copies in jumbled order was issued, presumably as a Christmas annual. [FHP] links / Galactic Central illustrated ...

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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