Archive for October, 2011

The Science Fiction Encyclopedia — Online

A website that I will be investigating further is the Science Fiction Encyclopedia website. An outgrowth of the 1995 encyclopedia of the same name edited by John Clute and Peter Nichols and published in collaboration with Gollancz SF Gateway, this is an attempt to be a comprehensive encyclopedia of the authors, themes and culture related to science fiction (and fantasy as well.) The encyclopedia is currently in beta release. 

As expected, one of the topics in question is HYPNOSIS, which lists a number of the early works involving hypnosis and mesmerism, including a few I was not aware of, such as “Kalee’s Shrine”  by Grant Allen and May Cotes. The website definitely bears further investigation. 


Note: Several years ago, I wrote the article on “Hypnotism” for the second edition of the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, which is apparently not connected with this online version.

Fa Lo Suee — “Master of Kung Fu”

Daughters of Evil World Conquerors really have only two options in life: be their father’s adoring minion who ultimately falls for the Hero and helps him defeat her father, or strike out on your own and try to out-conquer him. Fah Lo Suee, daughter of the inscruitable Mandarin Fu Manchu, is entirely the latter. But while Fah Lo Suee in the novels was more the former, only once really acting in the role of conqueror in place of her father, in the Marvel comic “Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu”, she was a re-occurring character with her own agenda who battled her father as much as she battled her own half-brother Shang-Chi.

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The “Deryni” stories by Katherine Kurtz

They have mental and physical powers beyond the human norm: they can entrance with a glance, create light, heal wounds, and even teleport long distances. 

They are mutants. They live among normal humans, distinguished only by their powers, otherwise undistinguishable from any one else, distrusted and even hated by both the general populace and people in authority because of their gifts. Some try to use their gifts for good, others for evil: some just try to exist. 

But they’re not the X‑Men and they’re not superheroes: they’re the Deryni, a fantasy race and the subject of several books and short stories by author Katherine Kurtz.

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