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Dodd, Anna Bowman

(1858-1929) US journalist and author whose anti-socialist sf novel, The Republic of the Future, or Socialism a Reality (1887 chap), set in New York in 2050 CE, offers a scathing and comical portrait of egalitarianism brought to the uttermost, resulting in a technologically advanced antlike Dystopia. The tale actively deprecates Feminism. [JC]


One of the more enduring coinages of Fan Language, this is the short form of "filksong", which in turn originated from the obvious typo in an early-1950s Fanzine article, "The Influence of Science Fiction on Modern American Filk Music" by Lee Jacobs (intended for the APA SAPS, the Spectator Amateur Press Society, but not actually published there owing to bawdy content). The first recorded intentional use of "filk" was by Karen Anderson in Die Zeitschrift für vollständigen Unsinn ["The ...

Nutty Professor, The

Film (1963). Jerry Lewis Productions/Paramount. Directed by Jerry Lewis. Written by Lewis, Bill Richmond. Cast includes Kathleen Freeman, Lewis, Dell Moore, Howard Morris and Stella Stevens. 107 minutes. Colour. / Even those who do not normally enjoy the heavily overstated comedy of Lewis, which depends a lot on gesticulation and face-pulling, admit this to be one of his best films; it is a remake as a campus comedy of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, with Lewis playing both Professor Kelp, the nerd ...

Murphy, Pat

(1955-    ) Working name of US author Patrice Ann Murphy (1955-    ), who began publishing work of genre interest with "No Mother Near" for Galaxy in October 1975, though the first story she wishes to acknowledge was "Nightbird at the Window" in Chrysalis 5 (anth 1979) edited by Roy Torgeson. Her first novel was the obscurely published The Shadow Hunter (1982; rev 2002), in which a Stone-Age man is displaced by a Time-Travel device into a cruelly ...

Winslow, Helen M

(1851-1938) US author, much of whose work advocates a moderate Feminism in which the central focus seems to be on equality of opportunity between the sexes, as in the nonfantastic A Woman for Mayor: A Novel of To-Day (1909), whose victorious female mayor is much interested in hygiene, and has the city scrubbed clean. Of sf interest is the Near Future Salome Shepard, Reformer (1893), the eponymous protagonist of which, who happens to be a factory owner, is inspired to create a Utopia with ...

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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