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Shaub, Earl L

(1886-?   ) US author whose two novels of sf interest attempt to convey metaphysical lessons through genre conventions: the protagonist of Beyond Mars (1959) learns some central secrets of the universe on Mars; the eponymous protagonist of Noah's Daughter (1960) offers a more chthonic, more feminine wisdom. In both texts, God is of assistance. [JC]

Serial World

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Fanzine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Publisher: Norma H Kietzer. No editor named, but presumably Kietzer. 37 issues from 1974 to 1984. / Devoted to US Serial Films dating from the 1920s to the 1950s, Serial World began as a slim magazine with mostly black-and-white interior photos and illustrations, gradually developing into a Semiprozine as time passed. Even in the early issues, film posters and lobby cards were reproduced in colour on both front ...

Litt, Toby

(1968-    ) UK author, mostly of nonfantastic work, though some of the stories assembled in Adventures in Capitalism (coll 1996) apply metafictional estrangements (see Postmodernism and SF) to a world clearly porous to manipulation (see Media Landscape). Deadkidsongs (2001) similarly presses against thematic material – in this case an anticipated Russian Invasion – in a manner conspicuously close to allegory; and there are fantasy elements in Finding Myself ...

Carhart, Arthur Hawthorne

(1892-1978) US conservationist in government service and author, of mild interest under his own name for The Last Stand of the Pack (1929), a set of animal stories [for Animal Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of more direct sf interest is The Wrong Body (1937) as by V A Van Sickle, in which a medical experiment causes Identity Exchange between a criminal and a politician. Under his own name, Carhart was a prolific author of Western tales in various magazines; a few ...

Sketchley, Arthur

Pseudonym of UK playwright and author George Rose (1817-1882), the first of whose series of comic sketches presenting the erratic lower-class opinions of Mrs Brown was "How Mrs Brown Spent Christmas Day" (in Routledge's Annual, anth 1866). Her responses to George T Chesney's The Battle of Dorking (1871 chap), which she believes to be factual, are given in Mrs Brown on the Battle of Dorking (1871 chap) (see Battle of Dorking). In later years, Rose played Mrs Brown in staged readings. [JC]

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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