Search SFE    Search EoF

  Omit cross-reference entries  

Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

Site updated on 23 May 2022
Sponsor of the day: Anonymous ($700)

Littell, Philip

(1868-1943) US author of a Satire replaying the story of Adam and Eve in modern dress. Woman is intrinsically more frivolous than Man, etc (see Feminism; Women in SF). [JC]

VGA Planets

Videogame (1992). Designed by Tim Wissemann. Platforms: DOS, Win. / VGA Planets is a turn-based 4X Game of galactic domination displayed on a two-dimensional map, broadly similar to its near contemporary Master of Orion (1993). ("VGA" refers to a type of graphics hardware; its use in early versions made the game more visually appealing than some of its competitors.) After receiving mixed reviews on its initial release, VGA Planets became one of the earliest commercially successful ...

Ahern, Sharon

(1948-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with The Takers (1984) as Sharon A Ahern with her husband Jerry Ahern, opening the Takers trilogy of action-adventure novels in the Indiana Jones mode (see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), featuring quests for relics, Aliens, Atlantis and UFOs amid much gunfire. All this author's subsequent work is likewise in collaboration with Jerry Ahern, including standalone novels of which The Freeman ...

Mitchell, Professor Willis

(1846-1919) US entrepreneur who described himself on census returns as "inventor" or once as "electrical inventor", holder of many 1890s patents, mostly for improvements on existing inventions. In his modestly fictionalized Utopia, The Inhabitants of Mars [for subtitle see Checklist] (1895), the "Professor" interviews a man who has visited Mars in a hypnotic trance. Mars is run mostly by electricity (see Power Sources), and the inhabitants profess a Christianity-like Religion. The author's ...

Lönnerstrand, Sture

(1919-1999) Swedish poet and author. In his teens Lönnerstrand began reading US Pulp SF Magazines, which fascinated him, but initially he set his goals higher: he wanted to be a poet. He went to university in Lund, though as far as is known without graduating, and there published his first two books of poetry; the second, Där ["There"] (1941), is an epic Fantasy story in lyrical form, noticeably inspired by the Icelandic Eddas. After war had broken out, Lönnerstrand moved to ...

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 ...

This website uses cookies.  More information here. Accept Cookies