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Tales of Tomorrow

UK pocketbook-size magazine, published irregularly by John Spencer, London; edited (uncredited) by Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. Eleven issues 1950-1954 (none in 1951), numbered but undated. / One of the four low-quality Spencer juvenile-sf magazines of the 1950s, the others being Futuristic Science Stories, Wonders of the Spaceways and Worlds of Fantasy. The cover title was Tales of Tomorrow but the contents page gave Tales of To-Morrow. An associated House Name was Hamilton Donne. For ...

Ginsburg, Mirra

(1909-2000) Russian-born editor, author and translator, long resident in the USA. She began translating work of genre interest with a version of Mikhail Bulgakov's "The Fatal Eggs" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in December 1964, and later translated an abridged version of his Master i Margarita as The Master and Margarita (1967). Other translations include a collection of stories by Yevgeny Zamiatin, The Dragon: Fifteen Stories by Yevgeny Zamyatin (coll trans from various ...

Pallander, Edwin

Pseudonym of UK biologist, botanist and author Lancelot Francis Sanderson Bayly (1869-1952), who collaborated with Ellsworth Douglass on one story, "The Wheels of Dr Gynochio Gyves" (September 1899 Cassell's), the protagonist's last Invention being a Spaceship capable of reaching the Moon. Across the Zodiac: A Story of Adventure (1896) is an interplanetary romance based clearly on Jules Verne's Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers: Tour du monde sous-marin (1871 2vols; many trans as Twenty Thousand ...

Bioy Casares, Adolfo

(1914-1999) Argentine author, married 1940-1993 to the author and anthologist Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993); he was noted from his first book, Prólogo ["Prologue"] (coll 1929), for the surreal displacements of his work, which uses sf or detective forms in an abstract, parodic fashion (see Parody), and is generally metaphysical in intent. La invención de Morel (1940; trans Ruth I C Simms in The Invention of Morel and Other Stories from "La trama celeste" coll 1964), tells in this ...

Ewers, Hanns Heinz

(1871-1943) German author, spy in Mexico and the USA in World War One, and early member of the Nazi Party, though he soon alienated its leaders through his insistence that his and their obsession with matters of Blood led inevitably (and properly) to psychic and literal vampirism (see Decadence; Vampires). Supermen predominate in his fiction, much of which remains untranslated. He is noted mainly for a series of novels about Frank Braun – anthropologist and Ubermensch – some of ...

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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