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Shaub, Earl L

(1886-?   ) US author whose two novels of sf interest attempt to convey metaphysical lessons through genre conventions: the protagonist of Beyond Mars (1959) learns some central secrets of the universe on Mars; the eponymous protagonist of Noah's Daughter (1960) offers a more chthonic, more feminine wisdom. In both texts, God is of assistance. [JC]

Fantasy Review

1. UK Amateur Magazine, edited by Walter Gillings; 18 issues March 1947 to Spring 1950. Gillings, previously editor of several UK SF Magazines – Tales of Wonder (1937-1942), Strange Tales (1946) and Fantasy (1946-1947) – found himself needing an outlet for his energies after the demise of the latter title and began Fantasy Review, which was almost identical in format and content to his earlier fanzine Scientifiction (7 issues January 1937 to March 1938) and later fanzine Cosmos (3 ...

Bethke, Bruce

(1955-    ) US author best known for his short stories, in particular his first professional publication, "Cyberpunk" for Amazing in November 1983, which appeared there after circulating in manuscript and almost certainly inspiring Gardner Dozois's use of the term Cyberpunk to designate the new movement, in an exclamatory fashion ironically distinct from Bethke's own jaundiced view of the "romance" of Cyberspace. A novel based on this story has been projected for some time ...

Passing Show, The

UK weekly paper of humour and short fiction which had two distinct incarnations, both published by Odhams Press, London. The first series ran for 918 issues from 20 March 1915 to 19 March 1932. This was a small tabloid-size magazine, initially with wartime paper restrictions, that gradually grew in size to become a standard tabloid from January 1924. The emphasis was on cartoons and brief humorous stories, but it occasionally ran to longer items and is probably best remembered, in this ...

Hawke, Sam

(?   -    ) Australian author whose Poison Wars sequence, beginning with City of Lies (2018) hovers Equipoisally between Fantasy and moderately Far Future topoi with an infusion of worldbuilding in the style of the Planetary Romance. An expansive-seeming culture, with resemblances to sentimental versions of ancient Rome, turns out to conceal a Dystopian power structure. This book won a Ditmar Award as best novel. [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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