Search SFE    Search EoF

  Omit cross-reference entries  

Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

Site updated on 23 May 2022
Sponsor of the day: The Telluride Institute

Simak, Clifford D

(1904-1988) US author whose primary occupation 1929-1976 was newspaper work, and who worked full-time for the Minneapolis Star from 1939 until his retirement, when he became a full-time writer of sf, some years past his early prime. His first published stories, beginning with "The World of the Red Sun" in Wonder Stories for December 1931, were less individual than his later work; significantly, however, that first tale deals with Time Travel, which became his favourite sf device for the ...

Jonathan, Norton Hughes

(1914-1990) US author, mostly of adventure tales for boys. The "ghost gang" in Dan Hyland, Police Reporter (1936) is rationalized; but the Lost Race City in The Lost Empire; Or, Larry Hannon Carries On (1934), part of the Eagle Scouts series, is duly discovered in Nepal and dealt with. [JC]

Jacobson, Mark

(1948-    ) US journalist – best known for his 1970s work for the Village Voice in New York – and author of an elaborately confabulated sf/fantasy novel, Gojiro (1991); the tale is seen through the eyes of a mild-mannered Monster, a Mutant lizard named after the Japanese film monster Gojira. Gojiro is a kind of Candide (see Voltaire), and his adventures with the kind and the cruel – especially on Radioactive Island (see Island), where radiation-damaged ...

Turner, Gerry

(1921-1982) US portrait photographer and author of fiction for the Young Adult market, including one sf novel, Stranger from the Depths (1967). Here the seeming last survivor of an ancient amphibian civilization from the Hollow Earth is discovered by a party of young US high-schoolers and their mentor, a college professor. The lizard-like being awakens (see Sleeper Awakes) and leads them to his people's Underground City; but there are other survivors in another city, and conflict ensues. ...

Cozzens, James Gould

(1903-1978) US author, best known for his novels of contemporary American life, including Guard of Honor (1948), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, and By Love Possessed (1957), which brought him considerable fame. One of the passengers in the doomed liner (see Ship of Fools) that gives its name to S S San Pedro (August 1930 Scribner's Magazine; 1931) is a malign doctor, a Mysterious Stranger who is an unmistakable allegorical representation of Death; he jumps ship. A second short novel, ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

This website uses cookies.  More information here. Accept Cookies