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Pax Aeronautica

The sense that air Transportation must dramatically change the tactics and strategy of Future War was articulated in the eighteenth century by Samuel Johnson in his Proto SF Rasselas (1759): / Against an army sailing through the clouds neither walls, nor mountains, nor seas, could afford any security ... Even this valley, the retreat of princes, the abode of happiness, might be violated by the sudden descent of some of the naked nations that swarm on the coast of the southern sea. / ...


Role Playing Game (2002). Arc Dream Publishing (ADP). Designed by Dennis Detwiller, Greg Stolze. / Godlike is a Superhero game set in an alternate version of World War Two, in which "Talents" with superhuman powers exist, but are not much more powerful than ordinary humans. The result is a grim and gritty setting where the players are bigger than life, but the war is larger than them; character deaths are frequent, and nothing they do is likely to significantly affect the course of the ...

George, Vernon

Working name of Scottish author George Shirra Gibb Vernon (1885-1959), whose first work of sf interest, Hamish Munro's Experiment: A Thrilling Romance of the East and the Antipodes (1935), is a fantasy published by a vanity house, and whose The Crown of Asia (1939) is a Near Future Yellow Peril Invasion tale, set in the 1940s, the target of the being India. [JC]

Gorey, Edward

(1925-2000) US author and artist who produced many book jackets and internal illustrations, often for children's books. As an artist he was essentially self-taught despite a single semester of study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1943; his acknowledged influences included Chinese, Japanese and Symbolist art. Though his many covers for Doubleday Anchor books in the 1950s were important in establishing the "quality paperback" as a prestige marketing category, he is best known ...

Bermúdez Castillo, Gabriel

(1934-2019) Spanish solicitor and author, a pioneer in introducing local references, themes and characters into Spanish science fiction, highly influenced by Anglo-Saxon sf in the fifties and sixties. He published nine novels, three collections and more than twenty short stories and novellas, some considered classics of Spanish sf and repeatedly reprinted. He also used the pseudonym Gael Benjamín. / Bermúdez Castillo began writing stories in Fanzines in 1969. His first ...

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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