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Pierce, William Luther

(1933-2002) US demagogue, politician and author who claimed to have become a Neo-Nazi when he caught sight of a mixed-race woman on his college campus, and whose National Alliance advocated white separatism and ethnic cleansing (see Eugenics). He is of sf interest for The Turner Diaries (1975-???? Attack!; 1976; rev 1980) as by Andrew MacDonald, set in the Near Future when the protagonist directs the overthrow of the American government, which has been dominated by Jews who wish to emasculate ...

Dark Planet

US amateur Online Magazine produced by Lucy A Snyder. It saw four formal issues between September 1995 and January 1997 and then became a cumulative magazine with stories, essays and reviews added periodically. There were eleven more fiction uploads between July 1997 and November 2001 when, due to time constraints, the magazine was mothballed. The first issue, one of the earliest in a wave of online magazines that followed the emergence of Omni Online, arose from Snyder's graduate studies in ...

Comics Buyer's Guide

US tabloid Media Magazine. Published by Alan Light/Krause Publications/F+W Media. Format and publication schedule both varied over the years: tabloid format on newsprint February 1971 to #1595 (June 2004); letter-size perfect-bound magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and slick paper to 2005; letter-size saddle-stapled magazine on newsprint from late 2009 onward. Publication schedule was monthly to #18 (August 1972); twice-monthly to #86 (18 July 1975); weekly from 1975 to June 2004; monthly ...

Conrad, Earl

(1912-1986) US author, fairly prolific and sometimes controversial. His sf comprises a Near-Future novel, The Premier (1963), in which a Black segregationist creates a separatist Black state in Western America; and a collection of short stories, The Da Vinci Machine: Tales of the Population Explosion (coll of linked stories 1969), set in various futures postulated (and perhaps brought into being) by the eponymous machine. [JC]

Indiana, Rita

(1977-    ) Dominican singer-songwriter and author, who is of sf interest for her third novel, La mucama de Omicunlé ["Omicunlés Maid"] (2015; trans by Achy Obejas as Tentacle 2018), set initially in 2037, in a Near Future Dominican Republic devastated by Climate Change and other Disasters. The protagonist Acilde, who is the Dominican president's maid, has worked as a prostitute before becoming Ominculé's protegé, and subsequently her heir. While ...

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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