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Paranoia

Paranoia is common in sf; schizophrenia (which we also cover here, although aware that it is a wholly different condition) is comparatively rare. Both are also discussed in rather a different context under Psychology. / It is obviously necessary to distinguish between sf stories about paranoia (a fairly small group) and sf stories whose implicit attitude is paranoid (an extremely large group); most stories discussed below belong to the latter group. Paranoia has been defined as "a mental ...

Buis, Lela E

(?   -    ) US author who has also written as by L Crittenden and Lee Crittenden; she began to publish work of genre interest with "GP Venture" as by L Crittenden in Abortion Stories: Fiction on Fire (anth 1992) edited by Rick Lawler, assembling her short work in collections beginning with Desperate Lives (coll 2013), which was gathered together with other volumes as Moonshadows: A Collection of Short Stories (omni 2019). The protagonist of her first novel, ...

Gandalf Award

An Award created by Lin Carter to honour Fantasy authors, voted and administered in parallel with the annual Hugo Awards and presented at the Hugo ceremony (an invariable feature of Worldcon). The Grand Master of Fantasy award, for life achievement in fantasy, was given each year from 1974 to 1981; dates below are the dates of presentation. Additionally, Gandalfs for book-length fantasy were presented in 1978 and 1979 only. [DRL] Grand Master of Fantasy 1974: J R R Tolkien ...

Palmer, Thomas

(1955-    ) US author whose first novel, The Transfer (1983), verges on the Technothriller, and whose second, Dream Science (1990), made some stir for its quiet (but ultimately ruthless) intelligence. The protagonist of the book is one of those capable of perceiving lines running across the physical environment that, when passed over, take one into what seem to be Parallel Worlds, but may in fact be aspects of one world seen at different points on a single cosmological ...

Frazar, Douglas

(1836-1896) US soldier and author whose Perseverance Island; Or, the Robinson Crusoe of the Nineteenth Century (1885) is a Robinsonade. After sailing to the South Pacific, in order to establish a Utopia there with his fellows, William Anderson is trapped alone on a desert Island between 1865 and 1880, when he is rescued. During his sojourn he discovers, and kills, a prehistoric sea serpent nearly 150 feet in length (see Monsters); he also comes into possession of a vast pirate treasure. More ...

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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