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Cannon, Peter

(1951-    ) US author, critic, and book reviews editor of Publishers Weekly, chiefly known for his work on H P Lovecraft and his circle; he wrote his undergraduate thesis on Lovecraft at Stanford and his MA thesis, "Lovecraft's New England", at Brown University (1974). He began publishing work of genre interest with "You Have Been in Providence, I Perceive" (March 1978 Nyctalops) and "H.P. Lovecraft in Hawthornian Perspective" in H.P. Lovecraft: Four Decades of Criticism ...

Watling, George

(?   -    ) UK author of Claughton's Curtain (1994), a Technothriller set in the Near Future as the Cold War resumes with both sides attempting to create a perfect radiation shield (see Weapons), behind the shelter of which they can destroy the rest of the world. [JC]


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 ...

Cass, Kiera

(1981-    ) US author whose first novel, The Siren (2009; rev 2016), is fantasy [for Mermaids see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy below]. She is of sf interest for the Young Adult Dystopian Selection sequence beginning with The Selection (2012), set in a land called Illéa, which seems to be a confabulated version of a distant Near Future America, though Illéa is in fact a monarchy, with a population divided into ten rigidly controlled castes. Romance across caste ...

Raymond, James F

(1826-?   ) US author of two Lost Race tales. The Lost Colony (1891), set during the American Civil War, is of limited interest as a lost race tale, the previously undiscovered Island in the Atlantic Ocean being inhabited by shipwrecked Puritans, though the agrarian Utopia they have created is well described. Though not coherently assembled, The Old Mountain Hermit (fixup 1904) interestingly describes the discovery of a fossilized bodies in India, along with a tablet which when ...

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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