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Burgess, Mary Wickizer

(1938-    ) US author, editor and bibliographer, wife of Michael Roy Burgess – that is, Robert Reginald of Borgo Press – from 1976 until his death. Often writing as Mary A Burgess, she collaborated with him on several 1980s essays collected in his Xenograffiti: Essays on Fantastic Literature (coll 1996); on other nonfiction including the Cinema study Futurevisions: The New Golden Age of the Science Fiction Film (1985) with Douglas Menville and Reginald, and The ...

Satire

From the earliest days of Proto SF, satire was its prevailing mode, and this inheritance was evident even after sf proper began in the nineteenth century. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines satire as literary work "in which prevailing vices or follies are held up to ridicule". Proto sf is seldom interested in imagining the societies of other worlds or future times for their own sake; most proto sf of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (by, for example, Cyrano de Bergerac, ...

Whispers

US Semiprozine published and edited by Stuart David Schiff, initially at Fayetteville, North Carolina but from issue #9 (December 1976) from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where David Drake held the fort, serving as assistant editor, and finally from issue #13/14 (Fall 1979) from Binghamton, New York. The magazine ran from July 1973 to Fall 1987, and although the final individual issue was #23/24, there had been eight double issues, so there were only 17 physical issues. In addition a 25th issue ...

McElroy, Joseph

(1930-    ) US author who has gained attention for a series of intellectually formidable novels, almost all of which may be described as epistemological studies of contemporary life, exceedingly ambitious attempts to emplace narrated human beings into fields of what might be called planetary knowing and unknowing, while at the same time introducing arguments that these systemic "metaphors" are in fact good Physics. The mazes he creates may seem Borgesian (see Jorge Luis ...

Starquest

Videogame series (from 1980). Automated Simulations (AS). Designed by Jon Freeman. / The members of the Starquest series are early examples of the Computer Role Playing Game form, modelled after their designer's successful Dunjonquest fantasy sequence but set in the same Future History as Starfleet Orion (1978). In the first, Rescue at Rigel (1980 AS, AppleII, Atari8, TRS80, VIC20; 1983 DOS, PCBoot) designed by Jon Freeman, the player adopts the role of Sudden Smith, a biologically enhanced ...

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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