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Abbott, Edwin A

(1838-1926) UK clergyman, academic and author whose most noted work, published originally as by A Square, is Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884; rev 1884) (see Dimensions). Narrated and illustrated by Mr Square, the novel falls into two parts. The first is a highly entertaining description of the two-dimensional world of Flatland, in which inhabitants' shapes establish their (planar) hierarchical status. In the second part, Mr Square travels in a dream to the one-dimensional universe ...


US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on newsprint. Publishers: Rod Bennett and Lint Hatcher as Wonder Studios. Editor: Rod Bennett. 13 issues, 1987 to 1997. Publication schedule, though nominally quarterly, was highly irregular. / Unusually for a magazine largely devoted to Monster Movies, Wonder began as a quasi-religious philosophical publication with a definite sf slant that described itself as "the children's magazine for grown-ups". It became more professional as time ...


Term coined by Isaac Asimov in "Liar!" (May 1941 Astounding) to describe the then imaginary science and Technology of Robot design and manufacture, as governed by the Laws of Robotics. The word was generally adopted and has entered the English language. [DRL]

Weitz, Chris

(1969-    ) US screenwriter, producer, director and author, whose version of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass (2007), which he directed and for which he wrote the screenplay, received some criticism for its softening of the author's iconoclastic take on Religion. Weitz is of specific sf interest for his Young World sequence comprising The Young World (2014), The New Order (2015) and The Revival (2016), a Young Adult series set in a Near Future New York after a medical ...

Méry, Joseph

(1798-1866) French playwright and author, whose Proto SF tale, "Histoire de ce qui n'est pas arrivé" ["A History That did not Happen"] (1854; in Histoire de ce qui n'est pas arrivé; La Tamise; Le Diamant aux mille facettes coll 1859) is an early Alternate History, in which Napoleon's life – and the future of Europe – is transformed when he gains an unexpected victory in Egypt in 1799 and becomes Emperor of India; "Les Ruines de Paris" ["The Ruins of Paris"] (1856; not ...

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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