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Stars

The stars have always exerted a powerful imaginative fascination upon the human mind. When they were thought to be mere points of light in the panoply of heaven, it was believed by astrologers that the secrets of the future were written there, and various cultures wove their Mythology into the patterns of various constellations. Not until 1718 did Edmond Halley (1656-1742) demonstrate that the stars were not "fixed", and not until the late 1830s were the distances of the nearer stars ...

Magazine of Horror, The

US Digest-size magazine, 36 issues August 1963 to April 1971. The longest-running and most successful of the reprint magazines edited by R A W Lowndes for Health Knowledge Inc, this chiefly published classic horror tales, some from the early Pulp magazines, notably Strange Tales and Weird Tales. He also reprinted most of the stories in Laurence Manning's Stranger Club series. Most issues also contained one or two original stories, a number of which are of sf interest. These included several ...

Quantum Muse

US Online Magazine produced by Michael Gallant, Timothy O Goyette and originally with Raymond M Coulombe. The magazine has had two existences. The original ran for 94 monthly issues, with just a few gaps, from April 1999 to Summer 2007, the last two issues quarterly. It then went into hiatus and re-emerged as a new magazine with a new website from November 2008 to the present, again monthly with additional editorial work by Michele Dutcher. The two incarnations have much in common, including ...

Ferrar, William M

(1823-1906) Irish-born author, in Australia from around 1842, who also wrote as by Ferdinand Ferntree. No copies of his first identified title of sf interest, The Dream of Hubertus (circa 1870-1879), seem to have been examined. Given the carry-over of the eponym, this tale may have been an early draft of Ferrar ambitious Dystopia, Artabanzanus: The Demon of the Great Lake: An Allegorical Romance of Tasmania: Arranged from the Diary of the Late Oliver Ubertus (1896), a heavily allegorical ...

Piller, Emanuel S

(1907-1985) US author, US editor, journalist and author, with Leonard Engel, of one of the very first Cold War Future War novels, The World Aflame: The Russian-American War of 1950 (1947), in which America's control of the air – and use of that preponderance in a nuclear first strike – proves insufficient to crush Russia, nor does a subsequent use of Poison gas turn the tide; as World War Three intensifies the Russians soon attack mainland America with nuclear bombs delivered by ...

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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