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Modernism in SF

The advent of Modernism as a literary movement went unremarked at the time, and when that time was remains a matter of debate; for a discussion of the dating and significance of Modernism in Latin America, see that entry. Certainly a break with the realistic fiction of the Victorian era, analytical in manner and unitary in form, was evident by the 1890s in, for example, the middle work of Henry James (1843-1916) and August Strindberg (1849-1912) and in the prose and poetry of Stephen Crane ...

Red Magazine, The

UK general fiction magazine published by Amalgamated Press, London; 620 issues, June 1908 to September 1939; editor for most of those years, certainly the ones of sf interest, was John Stock. It appeared monthly until February 1910, twice monthly until 15 March 1918, and again 1 February-1 August 1919, then fortnightly until 9 August 1929. Published on cheap book paper, close enough to pulpwood to be regarded as a Pulp magazine, the initial issues were a slightly stunted but wider standard ...

Rhysling Award

A regular Award for sf and fantasy Poetry, presented annually since 1978 by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. It is named for the blind balladeer of Robert A Heinlein's "The Green Hills of Earth" (8 February 1947 Saturday Evening Post), and faithful to that provenance tends to focus on poets whose careers have been significantly shaped by Genre SF, broadly understood. This may explain the absence from the awards roster (listed below) of more widely recognized poets who may all the same ...

Futrelle, Jacques

(1875-1912) US author and theatrical manager, on the editorial staff of the Boston American; he was one of four authors of sf (the others are John Jacob Astor, F D Millet and W T Stead) known to have gone down with the Titanic. The stories assembled in his Thinking Machine collections about the scientific detective Professor Augustus S F X Van Dusen – The Thinking Machine [for subtitle see Checklist] (coll 1907; vt The Problem of Cell 13 1929) and The Thinking Machine on the Case (coll ...

Woods, Lance

(1961-    ) US author whose Heroic Park (2012) is set mainly in a Near Future theme park where ordinary humans can escape constant comparisons with the Superheroes who infest the world outside. But trouble looms, both in the caverns Underground where the park is run, and in the manufactured New York neighbourhoods above, where there has been a murder. [JC]

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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