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Jennings, Humphrey

(1907-1950) UK documentary film maker and editor, a co-founder of Mass Observation in 1936; his thirty films have gained increasing renown since his early death from a fall in Greece while scouting locations for a new film. Of sf interest is his Hitler Wins Alternate History short film, The Silent Village (1943), which is shot in documentary style. Much of his energy in the late 1940s was given over to the compiling of a nonfiction Anthology intended to illuminate the nature and costs of the ...

Hammond, Clement Milton

(1859-1903) US newspaper editor and author, whose "Then and Now: Anarchy in the Year 2085" (1884-1885 Liberty) as by "Josephine D'Aujourdhui", a book-length Utopia never published in book form, argues for a temperate anarchism. In The Doctor's Mistake: Or What Myrta Saw: An Experiment with a Life (1888) with Charles Howard Montague, a complexly melodramatic plot – at least one Reincarnation seems to occur – boils down to an experiment in Identity Transfer which demonstrates the ...

Hugo Anthologies

Most of the Hugo award-winning short fiction up to the 1994 awards has been collected in a series of Hugo Winners Anthologies initially edited by Isaac Asimov, beginning with The Hugo Winners (anth 1962). A notable though understandable omission is Brian Aldiss's book-length Hothouse story sequence (February-December 1961 F&SF), which as a whole won the 1962 short-fiction Hugo. The anthologies' overall title and editorship changed with the sixth volume, The New Hugo Winners: Award-Winning ...

Conesa, Lisa

(1935-1991) Polish-born author, editor, poet and fan, in the UK from a very early age, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Millionaires" for Macrocosm in December 1971 but thereafter wrote only poems, reviews and criticism. She published the well-produced and highly regarded 1970s Fanzine Zimri (eight issues, 1971-1976), whose contributors included Brian W Aldiss (poems), John Brunner (interviewed), George Hay (reviews), Robert P Holdstock with the early story "The Touch of a ...

Science and Sorcery

Item of Terminology introduced in this encyclopedia for the genre-blending juxtaposition of sf and Fantasy settings, often presented as Parallel Worlds between which crossings may be made, and distinguished therefore from Equipoisal tales where any "crossings" tend to be integrated into the address of the tale, rather than working as transitions. (This use of crossings is distinct from the very common fantasy trope of access via portal to a world of Magic; such stories normally contain no sf ...

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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