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Delaire, Jean

Pseudonym of French/American author born Pauline Celestine Elisa Touchemolin (1868-1950), daughter of the painter Alfred Touchemolin (1829-1907), resident in the UK from around 1890; she was publishing stories in magazines as early as 1899, and later served as editor of Christian Theosophist. Her interest in Theosophy resulted in books and essays as Jean Delaire and as Mrs Muirson Blake (her legal name from 1923, Blake being her second husband). Around a Distant Star (1904) as Mrs E Castle ...

Bolivia

Science fiction in Bolivia is permeated with indigenous Myths of Origin (see Mythology) [see also The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and references to national culture. The Bolivian sf genre may be divided into two spheres, respectively relating to the Fantasy world and to sf as a genre that seeks to address both the mythical universe and indigenous heritage. / Bolivian writers (and also foreigners) are drawn to thinking upon the nature of their mythical roots and their origins ...

Watkins, William John

(1942-    ) US poet, author and academic, associate professor then full professor of English at Brookdale Community College, New Jersey (now retired). For early work up to 1980 his working name was William Jon Watkins [see Checklist below for byline distinctions]. He was initially active as a poet, his first book being Five Poems (coll 1968 chap). His first sf novel, with Gene Snyder, was Ecodeath (1972), a Pollution story in which the leading characters are called Snyder ...

Foundation [series]

Influential sf sequence by Isaac Asimov (whom see for fuller discussion), initially a trilogy beginning with Foundation (May 1942-October 1944 Astounding; fixup 1951; cut vt The 1,000 Year Plan 1955 dos), in which Psychohistory predicts the fall of a Galactic Empire and points the way to a newer, more stable organization of galactic society. Asimov subsequently merged the Foundation universe with that of his Robot sequence (some say to the detriment of both), and the merged universe became to ...

Photon

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Fanzine. Publisher and editor: Mark Frank. 27 issues, appearing on a highly erratic schedule from 1963 to 1977. / Originally launched as a mature alternative to Famous Monsters of Filmland, this well-remembered fanzine featured various aspects of Horror and sf cinema, including articles on director Tod Browning and actors Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Then-recent productions covered included 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and the controversial horror film ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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