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Wobig, Ellen

(1911-1989) US author whose sf novella, The Youth Monopoly (1968 dos) is set initially in a moderately distant Near Future where America has declined into a jumble of City-states run by petty tyrants; escaping Metropolis, the protagonist finds himself in a mysterious "pleasure resort" whose inhabitants are granted Immortality through regular Rejuvenation procedures. A transformed future looms. [JC]


The idea of reincarnation exerts a considerable fascination; its fashionability was renewed in the latter decades of the twentieth century by Hypnotists who claimed to facilitate a "regression" of their subjects which allows access to memories of "former lives". Serial reincarnation is one of the standard varieties of Immortality. In Fantasy the notion is an axiom of the curious subgenre of "transcendental romance" – stories in which love becomes a quasisupernatural force transcending ...

McHugh, Vincent

(1904-1983) US poet, journalist and author whose comic saga Caleb Catlum's America (1936) [for subtitle see Checklist] is about a family of immortals (see Immortality) who amusingly represent the high points of US history in the flesh (the family includes Abe Lincoln and Davy Crockett); elements of a Secret History of the World are undercut by Tall Tale elements [for Fantasies of History and Tall Tale see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; the frame story in particular, featuring ...

Green, Sharon

(1942-    ) US author who came to notice for two almost simultaneous sequences of sadomasochistic novels in the manner of John Norman, with which the advertising copy explicitly linked them: the Jalav/Amazon Warrior sequence, beginning with The Crystals of Mida (1982) and ending with To Battle the Gods (1986), which is set in a fabulated Amazon; and the Terrilian Sequence, beginning with The Warrior Within (1982) and ending with The Warrior Victorious (1988), which differs ...

Scientific Thrillers

Australian publication which may be regarded either as a Chapbook series or a Magazine: Digest format, monthly November 1948 to May 1952, mostly undated, initially published by Associated General Publications, Sydney, company name changed to Transport Publications from #3 (January 1949). 43 issues in all; page count varied from 32pp to 52pp. The uncredited editors were Alister Innes and Donald H Beard. Most issues consisted of a single novella; six comprised two short stories; there was no ...

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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