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Ker, David

(1842-1914) UK author of Scots ancestry who became a tutor in Russia and was Daily Telegraph and New York Herald war correspondent with the Russian army in the 1870s. His stories for include three Lost Race tales: The Lost City; Or, the Boy Explorers in Central Asia (16 October 1883-1 January 1884 Harper's Young People Illustrated Weekly; 1884), in which an ancient Greek city is found in Tashkent; Lost Among White Africans: A Boy's Adventures on the Upper Congo (1886), in which a tribe of white ...

First Fandom

Informal fan organization founded in 1959 by Bob Madle and Don Ford, originally confined to those active in Fandom prior to 1 January 1938. Owing to the inevitable attrition of these "golden era" or "dinosaur" fans, associate membership has for many years been available to anyone participating in fan activities (including Fanzines, Conventions and sf clubs) for 30 or more years. Two awards are presented. Distinguished fans are annually added to the First Fandom Hall of Fame in both living and ...

Mistral, Bengo

A House Name of the London-based Gannet Press, used for Norman A Lazenby's The Brains of Helle (fixup 1953) and for two other novels: Pirates of Cerebus (fixup 1953) by B Ward, based on Ward's stories in John Spencer magazines (see Badger Books); and Space Flight 139 (1954), whose author has not been identified. [JC/DRL]

Lindelof, O J S

(1852-1917) US author of A Trip to the North Pole; Or, the Discovery of the Ten Tribes, as Found in the Arctic Ocean (1903), a Lost Race tale in which (as per subtitle) the Lost Tribes of Israel are discovered inhabiting an Archipelago (see also Islands) at the North Pole, where they have become beautiful of countenance and possessed of advanced Technology; beasts out of prehistory are a menace, but are dealt with. The tale is presented as a manuscript discovered in a bottle found afloat near ...

Cabet, Étienne

(1788-1856) French lawyer, philosopher, utopian socialist and author, best known for the narrative Utopia, Voyage et Aventures de Lord Villiam Carisdall en Icarie (1839 2vols; vt Voyage en Icarie: roman philosophique et social 1842; trans Leslie J Roberts as Travels in Icaria 2003) [for more details see Checklist below]. The eponymous Lord Carisdall, a member of the British nobility, travels by ship (the journey takes four months) to a vast promontory known as Icaria, whose 100 provinces are ...

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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