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Churchill, R C

(1916-1986) UK literary historian whose A Short History of the Future: Based on the Most Reliable Authorities With Maps (1955), like John Atkins's Tomorrow Revealed (1955), is an imaginary History, in this case set about 7000 CE, and similarly draws on genuine contemporary sources, mainly George Orwell and other literary figures like Kurt Vonnegut, into an unusually witty accounting of the course of history; in Churchill's version, history comes in great cycles. [JC]

Chile

This entry provides an overview of Chilean sf during its early, classic and contemporary periods. / The Initial Phase (late-1800s to late-1950s) / In Chile, as in much of Latin America, scientific fiction imported from Europe and North America inspired local authors to apply the genre's themes and tropes to a regional or national context. By the late 1950s, Chilean authors had published some thirty works of sf, and although these texts appeared only sporadically and had no discernible ...

Richmond, Leigh

(1911-1995) US author who began publishing with Prologue to an Analogue (June 1961 Analog; 2009 ebook). Her further stories and her several sf novels were mostly written and published in collaboration with her husband, Walt Richmond; three novels were revised by her after his death. Almost all their work together expressed a sense – one formally presented by the Centric Foundation which they founded and directed – that scientific breakthroughs could be made by young minds freed of ...

Heywood, Victor D

(?   -    ) US author of an unremarkable Space Opera adventure, Prison Planet (1974; vt Alpha Star 1980), which is a Young Adult tale whose young protagonist earns his spurs in space. [JC]

Cabet, Étienne

(1788-1856) French lawyer, philosopher, utopian socialist and author, best known for the narrative Utopia, Voyage et Aventures de Lord Villiam Carisdall en Icarie (1839 2vols; vt Voyage en Icarie: roman philosophique et social 1842; trans Leslie J Roberts as Travels in Icaria 2003) [for more details see Checklist below]. The eponymous Lord Carisdall, a member of the British nobility, travels by ship (the journey takes four months) to a vast promontory known as Icaria, whose 100 provinces are ...

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, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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