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Infinity Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine. 20 issues November 1955 to November 1958, published by Royal Publications, edited by Larry T Shaw; irregular, with four months between some issues, one month between others. Infinity Science Fiction was one of the most interesting of the flood of new sf magazines in the early and mid-1950s. Its first issue featured Arthur C Clarke's ...

Thompson, Sean K

(1965-    ) US playwright and author whose Timecross'd: A Love Story Out of Time (2003), based on his own unpublished play, implicates its protagonists, through the Invention of a time "Loop" (see Time Travel; Time Paradoxes), in a complex love affair with echoes of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (first ...

Bellamy, Edward

(1850-1898) US author and journalist, the latter from 1871, when he abandoned the practice of law before having properly begun it; no lawyers exist in the 2000 CE of his most famous work, the Utopia Looking Backward 2000-1887 (1888) and its sequel, Equality (1897), whose influence in the nineteenth century was enormous. His early works of fiction were Gothic; sentimental and labouredly influenced by Nathaniel ...

Mitsuse Ryū

Pseudonym of Kimio Iizuka (1928-1999) a Japanese author and founding member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan (SFWJ), much respected as a prose author and sometime poet in his lifetime, but now more likely to be remembered for popular Manga editions of his work, many of which feature human characters overwhelmed by the machinations of vastly superior intellects and technologies. With an interest in sf inspired by reading the ...

President Vanishes, The

Film (1934). Walter Wanger Productions. Directed by William A Wellman. Written by Lynne Starling, based on The President Vanishes (1934) by Rex Stout (anonymous). Cast includes Edward Arnold, Arthur Byron, Peggy Conklin, Andy Devine, Paul Kelly, Rosalind Russell. 80 minutes. Black and white. / In the Near Future, with Europe already engaged in what looks like World War Two, ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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