Search SFE    Search EoF

  Omit cross-reference entries  

Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

Site updated on 22 April 2024
Sponsor of the day: The Telluride Institute

Merriman, Effie W

(1857-1937) US author of several books under her own name, and circa 1898 editor of the magazine The Housekeeper; she also wrote under her married name Mrs James Fifield. A Queer Dilemma and Other Stories (coll 1898) is of sf interest as a collection of Fantastika that includes the title story's astral travel leading to unwelcome Identity Exchange; a ...

Stephenson, Neal

(1959-    ) US author whose first two novels – The Big U (1984) and Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller (1988) – both convey a strong sense that sf turns are just around the next page, but neither of which can justly be read as sf. The first is a gonzo college caper, told rather in the style of John Landis's film, National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), in which a vast "Megaversity", funded by an involvement in radioactive waste ...


Item of Terminology relating to Perception, which in normal use denotes association or cross-referencing between the senses, so that (to take a commonplace example) the colour orange may evoke the smell of oranges. The poet Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) was particularly fond of such metaphorical sense-associations. In the nonfantastic crime novel Opening Night (1951; vt Night at the Vulcan) by Ngaio ...

Glossop, Reginald

(1880-1955) UK author, long resident in France, whose The Coming Invasion!: How It May Be Prevented (1910 chap), is an unalarming Future War tract; he also wrote a few stories for Boys' Papers in the 1920s. Glossop is remembered almost exclusively for The Orphan of Space: A Tale of Downfall (1926), which lamely prefigures C S Lewis's Ransom trilogy in the conceit ...

Famous Monsters of Filmland

Letter-size Cinema Magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Publisher: Warren Publishing. Editor: Forrest J Ackerman, possibly Jeff Rovin for the final issue. Format varied from perfect-bound to saddle-stapled. 191 issues, February 1958 to March 1983. The publication schedule was erratic, ranging from quarterly to (most often) ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

This website uses cookies.  More information here. Accept Cookies