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Pickersgill, Joshua, Jr

(1780-1818) UK army officer and author of The Three Brothers: A Romance (1803 4vols), an exorbitantly lurid Gothic novel whose supernatural elements (the Devil is a character) are of no sf interest. It should be noted, however, that when the Devil gives the Antihero protagonist a new body while retaining the old, the Clichés of metamorphosis has been sidestepped, and the reader encounters a very early instance of Identity Transfer. [JC]

Universe Pathways

English edition of the Greek (see {Greece}) magazine Symbandikes Diadromes, published by Maria Trigoni, and edited by George Sotirhos with the assistance of Pavlos Gastaris, Anthippe Fiamou and Nektarios Chrisos. The Greek edition was quarterly and ran for ten issues from Fall 2005 to Winter (December) 2007. The English-language edition had five issues from January 2006 to March 2007. It was originally going to consist of two quarterly Greek editions, combined, translated and released as a ...

St John, J Allen

Working name of American artist James Allen St John (1872-1957). After a peripatetic upbringing with wealthy parents, St John settled in New York in 1891, received artistic training with the Art Students League, began painting portraits and landscapes for prominent figures in New York society, and briefly taught at the New York School of Art. In 1904 he relocated to his hometown of Chicago, wrote and illustrated one book, The Face in the Pool: A Faerie Tale (1905), and was soon providing covers ...


Item of sf Terminology coined by K W Jeter in a letter (April 1987 Locus) – by analogy with Cyberpunk – to describe the modern subgenre whose sf events take place against an Alternate History nineteenth-century background (see also Malachronism), usually an Invention-saturated version of Victorian/Edwardian England, with a temporal real-world terminus normally being a point just before the outbreak of World War One. It is a subgenre to which some distinguished work attaches, though ...

Koyama Takao

(1948-    ) Japanese author, one of the most influential scenarists in Anime, due to his seminal Television scripts and his mentoring of the next generation of writers. / While studying literature at Waseda University, he was already working part-time in television, writing questions for the programme Quiz Time Shock. Joining Tatsunoko Productions after graduation, Koyama was instrumental in authoring the long-running Time Bokan (1975-1976), as well as episodes of shows ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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