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Windsor, William

(1857-?   ) US phrenologist and author of Loma, a Citizen of Venus (1897), in which the eponymous Extraterrestrial from Venus sojourns on Earth, demonstrating his effortless superiority to Homo sapiens, initially by saving a pregnant woman from drowning. He takes her case as a demonstration of the inadequacy of Earth's patriarchy-obsessed Religions, and also of the general maltreatment of women (see Feminism; Women in SF), which blights the human species. As he explains, ...

Darkwing Duck

US animated tv series (1991-1992). The Walt Disney Company for the Disney Channel/ABC Domestic Television (see Disney on Television). Created by Tad Stones. Produced by Bob Hathcock, Toby Shelton, Hank Tucker, Alan Zaslove. Forty-two writers including (five episodes or more) John Behnke, Kevin Campbell, Rob Humphrey, Douglas Langdale, Jim Peterson, Dev Ross, Gary Sperling, Tad Stones, Brian Swenlin. Cast includes voice actors Hamilton Camp, Christine Cavanaugh, Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern. ...

Larsen, Reif

(1980-    ) US author currently resident in Scotland whose first novel, The Selected Works of T S Spivet (2009), is an example of postmodern Fantastika whose jagged edges are smoothed and warmed over by the delightfulness of the eponymous twelve-year old protagonist. The metaphysical intensity of his engagement with maps and measurement extracts him from a Montana family romance into a Fantastic Voyage eastwards across America (at one stage through apparent spatial ...

Cosmos

1. Fanzine. See Fantasy Review. / 2. Australian popular science magazine, in the style of Omni, which publishes one, sometimes two sf stories per issue. Founded by Wilson da Silva, who is the editor-in-chief, it is published by Luna Media, Chippendale, New South Wales; the fiction editor was Damien Broderick from the first issue to December 2010/January 2011, and thereafter Cat Sparks until the post of fiction editor was eliminated in a 2016 staff downsizing. Cosmos was published monthly ...

Pocock, Roger

(1865-1941) UK adventure, journalist and author, noted for having interviewed Butch Cassidy, and for founding the patriotic Legion of Frontiersmen in 1905. The Chariot of the Sun: A Fantasy (1910) depicts a 1980 UK governed along the lines of Medieval Futurism: the reigning monarchy enforces a medieval life style, while at the same time advances in Technology have allowed Britain to maintain a Pax Aeronautica through the use of wireless Power Sources. In independent Lyonesse (ie Cornwall), ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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