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Jarrett, Cora

Working name of Cora Hardy Jarrett (1877-1969), who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Latch-Key" (December 1928 Vanity Fair) as by Faraday Keene. Her novel Strange Houses: A Tale (1936) features a scientific experiment – psychic rather than technological – that brings about Identity Exchange between two women, one middle-aged and the other a nineteen-year-old striptease dancer. [DRL]

Tau Ceti

Brazilian jazz-fusion band, whose sole release Tau Ceti (1998) includes a number of instrumental keyboard-heavy tracks that aim to evoke the flavour of alien worlds ("Antares", "Visoes Noturnas"), as well as a compressed three-part adaptation of Dante Alighieri, "A Divina Comedia". It is pleasant, if bland, fare. [AR]

Skyrealms of Jorune

Role Playing Game (1985). SkyRealms Publishing. Designed by Andrew Leker, Miles Teves, Amy Leker. / SkyRealms of Jorune is a work of Science Fantasy, set on the eponymous planet in the distant future, long after it has been colonized by humanity. The tone is reminiscent of the Planetary Romances of Jack Vance, and also of the various fantasy games set on the world of Tékumel created by M A R Barker. Jorune is home to many sentient races, including not only the native Shanthas and ...

Lovecraft, H P

(1890-1937) US author who spent almost all his life in Providence, Rhode Island, maintaining extensive social contacts mainly by mail. He was an important figure by correspondence in the careers of many authors who later published work clearly influenced by him; and the correspondence between him and Robert E Howard illuminates these two solitary (but intensely communicative) figures. He joined the United Amateur Press Association (see APA) in 1914 and produced much of his early fiction in ...

Universal Translator

Automated language translation is a highly convenient plot device for sf stories, facilitating Communication with Aliens without miring the action in realistic examination of Linguistic issues. An early example is the Language Rectifier facility of the Telephot videophone in Hugo Gernsback's Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660 (April 1911-March 1912 Modern Electrics; exp as fixup 1925; rev 1950), which is shown providing instant idiomatic translation between English and French, and can ...

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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