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Ingram, Kenneth

(1882-1965) UK barrister, lay theologian, and author of some novels in the field of the fantastic, including Midsummer Sanity (1933), in which Faerie [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and mortal Earth intersect at the summer solstice, at which point the denizens of the former convey wisdom to the denizens of the latter. Three novels are of sf interest. In The Symbolic Island: A Novel (1924), a group of holidayers is trapped on an Island by an umbrella cloud of Poison gas, a ...

Defoe, Gideon

(1976-    ) UK author whose very Young Adult Pirates! sequence beginning with The Pirates!: An Adventure with Scientists (2004), spoofishly but entertainingly engages an incompetent pirate band – whose banter shows the influence of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974) – in various adventures back and forth throughout the nineteenth century, as seen through a Steampunk lens. In the first tale they encounter Charles Darwin and some Monsters; in others various ...

Atom Age Vampire

Film (1960; vt Seddok, l'erede, di Satana Italy; vt Seddok UK). Leone Films/ Manson Distributing. Directed by Anton Giulia Majona; English language version directed by Richard McNamara. Written by Gino De Santi, Alberto Bevilacqua, and Majona. English dialogue by John Hart. Cast includes Roberto Bertea, Sergio Fantoni, Susanne Loret, Alberto Lupo, Franca Parsi and Andrea Scotti. 107 minutes; usually cut to 87 minutes for video, although prints of varying lengths exist. Black and white. / ...

Janus/Aurora

US feminist sf Fanzine (1975-1990) edited from Madison, Wisconsin, by Jan Bogstad, Jeanne Gomoll and Diane Martin (#1-#3 by Bogstad, #4-#17 by Bogstad and Gomoll, #18-#26 by Martin). Janus (which became Aurora with #19) was born as Feminism began making itself felt in sf in the mid-1970s. It carried articles by Samuel R Delany, Suzette Haden Elgin, Joanna Russ and Jessica Amanda Salmonson (1950-    ), and interviews with Octavia Butler, Suzy McKee Charnas, Jo Clayton, ...

After the Holocaust

Board and counter Wargame (1977). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by Irad Hardy, Redmond Simonsen. / After the Holocaust is an unusual Wargame in which victory depends as much on cooperation as competition. The setting is the US twenty years after a devastating nuclear war; players adopt the roles of various factions expanding across the continent, with the aim of reconstructing the nation. The emphasis is on economic rather than military simulation, with success dependent on ...

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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