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MacDonald, Ronald

(1860-1933) UK actor, playwright and author, son of George MacDonald and father of Philip MacDonald, whose Near Future novel, The Election of Isabel (1907), features (as stated) the election of a woman to Parliament. [JC]


Although a common item of sf Terminology, this word is (or has been) used in three different ways. / 1. Charles Fort used it in Wild Talents (1932) as a synonym for "psychokinesis" or, later, Telekinesis; i.e., the ability to move objects by the power of the mind alone. This seems to be the first appearance of the term in print, as is Fort's use of "teleport" as a verb in Lo! (1931). Eric Frank Russell, a staunch Fortean, offers the variant form "teleportate" in Dreadful Sanctuary ...

Naha, Ed

(1950-    ) US author and journalist, at one time the Los Angeles-based movie correspondent for the New York Post; between July 1986 and September 1990 he ran the regular movie and television Nahallywood column in Science Fiction Chronicle. His nonfiction books, aimed at a popular market, include: Horrors – From Screen to Scream (1975); The Science Fictionary: An A-Z Guide to the World of SF Authors, Films and TV Shows (1980), a small, selective encyclopedia that is ...

Ijäs, Jyrki

(1943-2010) Finnish film editor, translator and journalist, the first of whose (few) sf stories was "Koekaniini" ["Guinea Pig"] in 1968. One of the founders of Aikakone magazine (see Finland), he was also publisher and editor of Ikaros magazine, winner of the Finnish Kosmoskynä award in 1988, editor of Ensimmäinen yhteys ["First Contact"] (anth 1988), organizer (with others) of the first Finncon Convention in 1986, and an sf critic. He wrote the entry on Finland for the second edition ...

Wood, Charlotte

(1965-    ) Australian author whose work has generally been nonfantastic. Of sf interest is The Natural Way of Things (2015), set in a very Near Future Dystopian Australia and centering on a group of women first drugged (see Drugs) then forcibly confined to a Keep deep in the outback. They discover that they are being punished (see Feminism; Women in SF; Sex) for the sin of behaving "badly" with powerful men. A Slingshot Ending leaves no surety over their possible release. ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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