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Arthur C Clarke Award

This award has been given since 1987 for the best sf novel whose UK first edition was published during the previous calendar year, and consists of an inscribed bookend and a sum of money from a grant initially donated by Arthur C Clarke. In 2001 the prize money – until then a constant £1000 – was increased to £2001 as a gesture to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); it has since risen by ...


Film (1983; vt The Winged Serpent; vt Q: The Winged Serpent). Larco. Produced and directed by Larry Cohen. Written by Cohen. Cast includes David Carradine, Candy Clark and Michael Moriarty. 92 minutes. Colour. / In this witty Monster Movie – which subverts our expectations about how both society and B-movies work in almost the same breath – "Q" represents on the one hand Quetzalcoatl, a ...

Popular Magazine, The

US Pulp magazine published by Street & Smith, edited by Henry Harrison Lewis for the first year and then Charles Agnew MacLean (1880-1928), who edited it until his sudden death. Appeared monthly from November 1903, semimonthly from 1 October 1909, weekly from 24 September 1927, semi-monthly from 7 July 1928, and monthly February-September 1931. Merged with Complete Stories from October 1931. It claimed at one stage to be ...

Adam and Eve

Brian W Aldiss has given the name Shaggy God Stories to stories which provide simple-minded sf frameworks for Biblical myths. A considerable fraction of the unsolicited material submitted to sf magazines is or was reputed to consist of stories of this kind, the plot most frequently represented being the one in which survivors of a space disaster land on a virgin world and reveal (in the final line) that their names are ...

Kennicott, Ada M

(1860-1926) US author of Under Red Pillars (1902), a Lost World tale couched as a retelling of European fairy tales, at least one episode taking place in a Hollow Earth venue. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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