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Satterlee, W W

(1837-1893) US Methodist preacher and author, whose Looking Backward and What I Saw (1890), a dream narrative set in a Dystopian twenty-second century, takes on Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) on the single tax, and adds comments the temperance point of view propounded earlier in his tract, The Political Prohibition Text-Book (1883). [JC]

Janusz A Zajdel Award

The Polish Fandom Award was founded in 1984 at Polcon, the Polish national Convention, and named Sfinks, to be awarded for literary achievements in the field of science fiction (later also Fantasy) in the preceding calendar year, so the first award for the year 1984 was granted at the convention in 1985. However, only a month before Polcon '85 Janusz A Zajdel prematurely died, so to honour and commemorate him the award was renamed as The Janusz A Zajdel Award. Popularly known as the Zajdel, it ...

Thorson, Alice Otillia

(1870-1929) US author of The Tribe of Pezhekee: A Legend of Minnesota (1901), in which Lost Race devices serve primarily to give depth to a local Minnesota legend. [JC]

Clough, Brenda W

(1955-    ) US author, initially of the fantasy Averidan series, as B W Clough, beginning with The Crystal Crown (1984), and latterly of the Suburban Gods sequence, comprising How Like a God (1997) and Doors of Death and Life (2000), in which occult fantasy consorts, not entirely easily, with Near Future sf as Gilgamesh's Pearl of Immortality passes from Edwin Barbarossa (who retains his Immortality) to the protagonist, whose Psi Powers are called into use after his ...

Online Magazine in blog form, published since July 2008 by Tor Books. The domain had in the past been used as Tor's website in the conventional sense of a publisher's site. In May 2014, was also announced as the name of a new Tor imprint for novella-length ebooks and audiobooks, with a print-on-demand option and possibly even standard print publishing for a select number of titles. The editorial staff includes Ellen Datlow, Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Ann VanderMeer [for full current ...

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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