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Watson, Aaron

(1850-1926) UK journalist and author, active from the earl 1870s; he is of sf interest for For Lust of Gold [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1 November 1888-16 February 1889 The Shields Daily Gazette; 1892), a Lost Race tale, set in Elizabethan times, which describes the discovery of the hidden City of Manoa, where treasure is found but discord mounts. [JC]


Letter-size black-and-white Comics format magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Publisher: Warren Publishing. Character created by Forrest J Ackerman; costume designed by artist Trina Robbins. Editors included Bill Parente, Archie Goodwin, Billy Graham and Louise Jones. Artists included Tom Sutton, Pablo Marcos, John Lakey and José González (primary artist from #9 onward). 112 issues from September 1969 to March 1983. / Initially Vampirella was simply a host character ...

Doke, Joseph J

(1861-1913) UK Baptist minister, frequent visitor to and finally resident of South Africa, author of the first significant study of Mahatma Gandhi, M K Gandhi: An Indian Patriot in South Africa (1909). He is of sf interest for the Reinhild sequence of Lost Race novels – The Secret City: A Romance of the Karroo (1913) and its prequel, The Queen of the Secret City (1916) – which are set in an ancient Egyptian civilization hidden in the city of Nefert in the Kalahari desert of South ...

Kelly, David J

(?   -    ) US author of the routine Killstar sequence of Science Fantasy adventures comprising The Baalbak Quest (1980) and Tower of Despair (1980), in which humanity is saved from a terrible threat. [JC]

Carneiro, André

(1922-2014) The best known exponent of Brazilian sf since the 1960s and to date Brazil's most widely anthologized author, Carneiro began his career in sf with Diário da nave perdida ["A Lost Ship's Log"] (coll 1963), a collection that reveals Carneiro's stylistic control, sense of humour and his recurrent themes of sexuality, madness and the difficulty of communication. The title story, "Diário da nave perdida", tells of a couple stranded aboard a Spaceship in outer space, who, ...

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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