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Sonin, Ray

Working name of UK scriptwriter, journalist, radio broadcaster and author Zola Sonin (1907-1991), in Canada from 1957. He published several nonfantastic thrillers, and is of sf interest for his contribution to the "Space" Kingley Shared World sequence, The Adventures of Captain "Space" Kingley (coll 1952), which enjoyably presents standard-fare Space Opera for children. There is an unconfirmed claim that Sonin was the first broadcaster in North America to play a Beatles song, "Love Me Do" in ...

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins

(1860-1935) US editor, author and lecturer, and an important figure in the history of US Feminism; daughter of Frederick B Perkins; partner in the 1890s of Adeline Knapp. Although by no means negligible – she published almost 200 short stories plus longer works, many of them inherently interesting – much of her later fiction was clearly shaped to promulgate a copious flow of radical thought. However, her first story, The Yellow Wall Paper (January 1892 New England Magazine; 1899 ...

Monomolecular Wire

An ultra-strong and ultra-thin monofilament occasionally found in sf and typically consisting of a single, very strongly bonded molecule, though other explanations may be given. Obvious real-world precursors are synthetic fibres such as nylon monofilament; the film The Man in the White Suit (1951) extrapolates from nylon to the nearly uncuttable monofilament used to make the dirt-proof and tear-proof garment of the title. In the same year, Theodore Sturgeon published "The Incubi of Parallel X" ...

Borders, Joe H

(1858-1930) US newspaper owner from Eastern Kentucky and author of The Queen of Appalachia (1901), a Lost Race novel set unusually in the eastern USA, where a civilization made up of descendants of early American pioneers has established an arcadian, monarchical Utopia supported by advanced Technology. [JC]

Rose, Stephen

(1936-    ) US author and teacher who with his wife Lois Rose wrote The Shattered Ring: Science Fiction and the Quest for Meaning (1970), an early critical study (see Critical and Historical Works About SF) which examines sf in terms of Mythology and Christian Religion. Authors discussed include Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, Samuel R Delany, Robert A Heinlein, C S Lewis (inevitably), Cordwainer Smith and H G Wells. [DRL]

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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