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Norfolk, Lawrence

(1963-    ) UK author whose first novel, Lemprière's Dictionary (1991; cut 1992) is an elaborate secret history set in the late eighteenth century, depicting vast Automata from the Steampunk toolkit and sinister immortals (see Immortality) under a phantasmagoric London, murders that involve the re-enactment of classical myth, and a conspiracy by the Secret Masters who attempt to rule Europe, that ties together the Siege of La Rochelle, the British East India Company ...

Flat Earth

The Pseudoscientific belief that the Earth is flat has lingered with a strange persistence, supported mainly by Biblical literalism despite increasingly overwhelming scientific evidence. An important nineteenth-century proponent was the eccentric UK inventor and controversialist Samuel Birley Rowbotham (1816-1884), whose arguments led to the founding in 1884 of the Universal Zetetic Society (publishers of The Earth Not a Globe Review), revived in 1956 as The Flat Earth Society and remaining ...

Yoshihara Rieko

(?   -    ) Japanese author and a key creator of the homoerotic subgenre known in Japan as shōnen ai ["boys' love"]. Yoshihara spent the first three years of her career writing straightforward homoerotic romance, before stumbling into sf, seemingly by accident, with the success of her signature work Ai no Kusabi (December 1986-October 1987 Shōsetsu June; 1990; trans as The Space Between 2007-2008 [see Checklist for details]). Originally published in ...

Sapiro, Leland

(1924-2013) US critic and Fanzine editor, active in Fandom since 1962. He is best known for editing and publishing Riverside Quarterly (which see), which ran from 1964 to 1993 and whose content leant towards that of an Academic Journal. Most of Sapiro's critical writing, under his own name and his occasional pseudonym Yogi Borel, was published in this venue; an early example was the serialized essay "The Faustus Tradition in the Early Science Fiction Story" (August 1964-February 1965 Riverside ...

Fisher, Catherine

(1957-    ) Welsh poet and author, active in the former capacity from the 1980s; her first novel, The Conjuror's Game (1990), was the first of many Young Adult fantasies, most of them set in Secondary Worlds [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. She is of some sf interest for two series. The Incarceron sequence beginning with Incarceron (2007) is set in a distant future world whose late-medieval appurtenances are an artifact of its rulers, who command high ...

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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