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Fialko, Nathan

(1881-1960) Soviet author, resident in the USA from 1903, whose uneven sf novel, Novyĭ Grad (The New City) (1925; trans and rev Fialko as The New City: A Story of the Future 1937), depicts first Soviet then US society, taking a firmly Dystopian view of both, life in the Epoch of Regularity governing a Near Future USSR being savagely regimented, and class wars torturing America. Yevgeny Zamiatin's We (1924) has plausibly been suggested as influencing this work. [JC]

Camilla, Queen of the Lost Empire

US Comic strip, probably created by Charles A Winter (the first story says "by CAW"). Though Camilla eventually became a female Tarzan (see Edgar Rice Burroughs) in the Sheena, Queen of the Jungle mould, her character was initially inspired by Ayesha or She from H Rider Haggard's She: A History of Adventure (2 October 1886-8 January 1887 The Graphic), first appearing in Jungle Comics #1 (June 1940) as Camilla, Queen of the Lost Empire. That issue tells of Scientist Jon Dale discovering "a lost ...


The restoration of youth or a plausible semblance thereof has always seemed both more practical and more comfortable than the troublingly open-ended perspectives of Immortality. This entry deals chiefly with stories of bodily rejuvenation through Medicine and allied procedures: for the wilder sf tropes of transferring one's mind or brain to a new, young body or of growing inexorably younger by living backwards, see Identity Exchange and Time in Reverse respectively. Some early sf examples are ...

Rowson, Martin

(1959-    ) UK political cartoonist and latterly author, noted for the scatological savagery of his Satirical portraits of modern British politicians, causing his work to have frequently been likened to the work of eighteenth-century satirists like James Gillray (?1756-1815) and Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), and in the twentieth century to that of Ralph Steadman (1936-    ). His weekly Independent on Sunday newspaper cartoon slot "The Abuses of Literacy" ...

Le Guin, Ursula K

(1929-2018) US author, based in Portland, Oregon, whose first novel was published in 1966; by 1970 she was already recognized as one of the most important writers within the field. Decades before her death, her reputation had extended far beyond the readership of Genre SF, while within the genre she was honoured with five Hugos and six Nebulas; as much attention has been paid to her by the academic community as to Philip K Dick. / Le Guin was the daughter of Dr Alfred Louis Kroeber ...

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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