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Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature

Australian critical magazine edited by Van Ikin from the University of Sydney and later University of Western Australia; associate ed Terry Dowling; irregular; Pulp-magazine format, 45 or perhaps 46 issues 1977-2009, apparently current. Intended to be a reputable academic journal, as the editorial addresses suggest, Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature has oscillated a little uneasily ...

Book of the New Sun, The

Major sf work with a Far-Future, Dying Earth setting by Gene Wolfe (whom see for fuller discussion). The Book of the New Sun (1980-1983 4vols) was followed by the nonfiction commentary The Castle of the Otter: A Book About The Book of the New Sun (coll 1983), the direct sequel The Urth of the New Sun (1987), several shorter tales and two further series: the ...

Wellen, Edward

(1919-2011) US author, almost exclusively of short stories, mostly in the mystery genre. His first sf was a "non-fact article", "Origins of Galactic Slang" in Galaxy for July 1952, and was followed by a sequence of similar Galactic Origins spoofs over the following ten years. His actual sf was concise, literate, cynical and frequently anthologized over his forty-year career, and is overdue for collection; Perps (coll 2000) assembles mysteries ...

Thompson, Harriet Alfarata

(1871-1922) US author of Idealia: A Utopia Dream; Or, Resthaven (1922 chap), whose protagonist visits a Utopian community for the elderly and the indigent whose features are so exceptionally humane that this domestic Pastoral could readily be understood as occupying an Alternate World. [JC]

Highlander II: The Quickening

Film (1990). Davis-Panzer/Lamb Bear Entertainment. Directed by Russell Mulcahy. Written by Peter Bellwood, from a story by Brian Clemens and William Panzer, based on characters created by Gregory Widen. Cast includes Sean Connery, Michael Ironside, Christopher Lambert, Virginia Madsen and Allan Rich. 100 minutes. Colour. / This is a sequel to Highlander (1986), which was a pure fantasy about two immortals, one good (with Amnesia) and one bad, ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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