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Mansford, Charles J

(1863-1943) UK teacher and author, some of whose stories assembled as Shafts from an Eastern Quiver (coll of linked stories July 1892-June 1893 Strand; 1894) are supernatural; Under the Naga Banner (1896), a romance told in the manner of H Rider Haggard, climaxes in the discovery in Nagaland of the Ark of the Covenant; The Great Green Serpent (1926) is a Lost Race tale set in the Caribbean, with voodoo surfacing malignly from a secret City. [JC]

Bowering, George

(1935-    ) Canadian poet, teacher and author, appointed in 2002 as the first Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada. Of his 80 or so volumes, of sf interest is the Young Adult series comprising Parents from Space (1994) and Diamondback Dog (1999), which comically involves adolescent siblings with Aliens who claim to be their (as it were, additional) parents. [JC]

Super Star Heroes

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and slick paper. Publisher: Ideal Publishing Corporation. No editor named. Eleven issues from October 1978 to January 1980. Publication schedule was nominally bimonthly, but in fact somewhat erratic. / Ideal Publishing entered the sf cinema market with this title of middling quality, which managed to survive longer than many similar publications of the period. During its run it generally covered standard productions of the era, ...

Skyrack

UK Fanzine (1959-1971) edited by Ron Bennett, which was Britain's principal and indispensable Newszine throughout the 1960s. There were 96 issues in all, stencil-duplicated in UK quarto format, typically 4pp; #1 was dated April 1959 and #96 was dated July 1971, there having been a long gap since the penultimate #95 in May 1968. The title masthead used from #2 onward was lettered by Eddie Jones; Arthur Thomson (as Atom) was a regular cartoonist. Bennett covered sf and fan news – both local ...

Faber, Geoffrey

(1889-1961) UK publisher, founder of the London firm which bears his name; author of an in effect self-published Lost Race novel, Elnovia: An Entertainment for Novel-Readers (1925), in which the eponymous inhabited flying Island is discovered by an advanced aeroplane (see Transportation). The Utopian pretensions of the islanders are treated mockingly. [JC]

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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