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Scheerbart, Paul

(1863-1915) German author, who also wrote as by Kuno Küfer; most of his sf and fantasy remained untranslated until the twenty-first century. Lesabéndio: Ein Asteroiden-Roman Mit 14 Strichätzungen von Alfred Kubin auf Tafeln (1913; trans Christina Svendsen as Lesabéndio: An Asteroid Novel 2012) is a Utopia set far from our solar system in a planetoid called Pallas; the eponymous protagonist, a visionary architect, designs a miles-high skyscraper (see Space Elevator) ...

Gerard, Morice

Pseudonym of UK clergyman and author John Jessop Teague (1856-1929), author of many historical novels, and of The New Order (1917), a vision of the Near Future from a staunchly rightwing perspective. [JC]

Science-Fiction Plus

US letter-size magazine, perfect bound. Seven issues, March to December 1953, monthly for four months, then bimonthly, published by Hugo Gernsback's Gernsback Publications, with Sam Moskowitz as managing editor. / This was Gernsback's last venture in the sf field, and attempted to recover something of the flavour of his early pulps, including some Frank R Paul covers, but it was a financial failure. Notable stories – there were few – included two of Philip José Farmer's ...

Ruins and Futurity

Ruins are not a necessary prelude to Futurity. A ruined structure may be nothing more than a structure that has fallen into illegible ruins (see Entropy), leaving no message for us to draw upon: no warning to the world we live in, no anticipation of things to come. But from time immemorial a Ruin, or in more recent times an Edifice constructed in the shape of a Ruin [for Edifice see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], has also been understood as a ruined structure meant to be ...

Dying Earth

A not uncommon category of sf story which has now developed its own melancholy mythology. Since the Sun is invariably moribund if not extinguished, this could also be called the dying-sun theme. Jack Vance gave this Far Future subgenre its name in The Dying Earth (coll of linked stories 1950). Important precursors are the section of H G Wells's The Time Machine (1895) set in the very distant future, and William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land (1912), in which the Sun has actually gone out and ...

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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