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Stoddard, Charles

Pseudonym of US author Charles Stanley Strong (1906-1962), whose sf novel, North of the Stars (1937), describes a clement Lost World near the North Pole, where a white queen rules a race of "primitive" "Eskimos". Stoddard should not be confused with the real American poet Charles Stoddard (1843-1909). [JC]

Tower, Washington L

(?   -?   ) US author whose Interior World: A Romance Illustrating a New Hypothesis of Terrestrial Organization [for full title see Checklist] (1885) is a Hollow Earth tale after the fashion of John Cleves Symmes; its interest is perhaps diminished by the protagonist's discovery that the interior world is uninhabited. A crank nonfiction essay on Gravity is appended (see Pseudoscience). [JC]

McKesson, Charles L

(?   -?   ) US author of Under Pike's Peak; Or, Mahalma, Child of the Fire Father (1898), in which a Lost World is discovered Underground, in the caverns beneath Pike's Peak. The inhabitants are dwarfish but Telepathic, their queen, Mahalma child of the Fire Father, is a "normal" woman who gives her body to the protagonist's rival, in order to save her people, and therefore dies. Her spirit lingers, wistfully. [JC]

Encyclopedia of Fantasy, The

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997; rev 1999) edited by John Clute and John Grant was conceived as a companion volume to the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993) edited by John Clute and Peter Nicholls. The intention was to give similar coverage to the very much larger and less definable Fantasy genre – perhaps ultimately an impossible task. Also involved as contributing editors were Mike Ashley, Roz Kaveney, David Langford and Ron Tiner; further consultant editors ...

Panshin, Cory

(1947-    ) US author and critic, collaborator with her husband, Alexei Panshin (whom see for further details), since before 1975. With him she co-wrote the fantasy Earth Magic (April-September 1973 Fantastic as "The Son of Black Morca"; 1978) and the critical volumes SF in Dimension (coll 1976; exp 1980) and The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence (1989), sharing a nonfiction Hugo with him for the last. Her interest in Sufism and other ...

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, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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