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Aqueduct Press

Seattle-based Small Press founded in 2004 by L Timmel Duchamp, which describes itself as "bringing challenging feminist science fiction to the demanding reader". Its titles, over forty to date, include both fiction and criticism. These titles include several of Duchamp's own books, though her work with Aqueduct as editor has consumed much of her time since 2004. Aqueduct's other authors include Eleanor Arnason, Suzy McKee Charnas, Nicola Griffith, Gwyneth Jones, Ursula K Le Guin, Rosaleen Love, ...

Anderton, Joanne

(?   -    ) New Zealand author who also writes as Jo Anderton, and who began to publish work of genre interest with "Trail of Dead" in Zombies (anth 2007) edited by Robert N Stephenson; the tale was assembled, along with a considerable proportion of her short fiction, as The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories (coll 2013). Most of her short work has been fantasy and horror, though her first book publications – The Veiled Worlds sequence comprising Debris ...

Turner, George

(1916-1997) Australian author and sf critic. His connection with sf came quite late in life, long after the publication 1959-1967 of his first five (mainstream) novels. (There has since been a sixth, Transit of Cassidy [1978].) He became well known for somewhat stern sf criticism in the 1970s, published in SF Commentary, Foundation and elsewhere, and edited The View from the Edge (anth 1977), stories from a major Australian sf workshop; Turner then began writing sf himself. His first sf novel, ...

Friedell, Egon

(1878-1938) Austrian cabaret artist, wit, polymath, translator and author, born Egon Friedmann (he changed his name to Friedell in 1916), rejected for military service in World War One through physical disabilities; he also wrote as by Egon Friedländer. He remains best known for his seminal Kulturgeschichte der Neuzeit: die Krisis der europäischen Seele von der Schwarzen Pest bis zum Weltkrieg (1927-1931 3vols; trans Charles Francis Atkinson as A Cultural History of the Modern Age: ...


Pseudonym of Italian Futurist poet and theoretician Vincenzo Fani Ciotti (1888-1927), whose sf novel, La fine del mondo ["The End of the World"] (1921), is a declaredly Fascist tale whose hero – frustrated at Earth's refusal to clear Jupiter of its natives so that humanity can press outwards to create a Galactic Empire – travels to that planet, where he immolates himself in a great explosion that destroys the Jovian government. [JC]

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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