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Andrews, John Williams

(1898-1975) US poet whose book-length sf poem, A.D. Twenty-One Hundred: A Narrative of Space (1969 chap) (see Poetry), is a kind of Future History of the next century or so, tracing the sophistication of Space Flight as the Moon is settled and Faster Than Light starships explore the Godless void; the poem closes in a state of cosmogonic Transcendence. [JC]

Parallel Worlds

A parallel world is another universe situated "alongside" our own, displaced from it along a spatial fourth Dimension (parallel worlds are often referred to in sf as "other dimensions"). Although whole universes may lie parallel in this sense, most stories focus on parallel Earths. The parallel-world idea forms a useful framework for the notion of Alternate History, and is often used in this way. Most of the "secondary worlds" of modern Fantasy are explicit or implicit parallel worlds. Notable ...

Quanta

US digital magazine produced by Daniel Appelquist, originally while he was at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, but which he continued to maintain over the next six years. It was the first digital sf magazine, with 22 issues from October 1989 to July 1995, initially as an E-Zine distributed to 127 subscribers, eventually becoming an Online Magazine via Compuserve in March 1992 and then as a Webzine at its own website in August 1994. Appelquist was helped from the start by Jason Snell, who ...

Cohen, Genghis

(?   -    ) Pseudonym of unidentified US author; the pseudonym is taken from Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), to which Cohen's one fantastic work, The Erotic Spectacles (1971) contains frequent references. The book concerns magical (though laboratory-produced) spectacles which uninhibit those viewed through them. [GS/JC]

Komatsuzaki Shigeru

(1915-2001) Japanese illustrator (see Illustration) and author, whose lurid images dominated sf publishing in Japan in the 1950s, before resurgent Cinema and the new media of Television and Manga changed the shape of the genre. / His first published work comprised illustrations for the serial "Shirogitsune Kidan" ["Mystery of the White Fox"] (1938 Otaru Shinbun), and he was still a teenager when he began drawing military hardware for the mechanical journal Kikaika. He shot to prominence ...

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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