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Mark V Ziesing

Tagged: Community

US Small Press. Mark V Ziesing is the direct successor to Ziesing Brothers, which booksellers Michael Ziesing (1946-    ) and his brother Mark V Ziesing (1953-    ) had founded in Willimantic, Connecticut, initially to produce poetry, but which then produced two books by Gene Wolfe: The Castle of the Otter (coll 1982) and The Wolfe Archipelago (coll 1983). After this Michael became inactive, and the firm became Mark V Ziesing. Further books by Wolfe followed, plus titles by A A Attanasio, Iain M Banks, Neal Barrett Jr, James P Blaylock, Pat Cadigan, Thomas M Disch, Michael Moorcock, Lucius Shepard, Bruce Sterling, Howard Waldrop and others. Since 1989 the firm has operated from California. B...


Tagged: Community | Award

The following genre-related awards receive detailed individual entries in this encyclopedia: Aelita Award (Russia) Andre Norton Award: see Nebula. Arthur C Clarke Award (for novels) British Fantasy Award (1966-1969) BSFA Award Carnegie Medal (listing confined to winners of sufficient sf relevance to have entries in this encyclopedia) Chesley Awards (for art and illustration) Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award (for first novels) Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award (for perhaps neglected authors) Chandler Award (for lifetime contribution to sf in Australia) Ditmar Award (Australia only since the abolition of past International Fiction category; partial listing) Doc Weir Award...

Chapman, Edgar L

Tagged: Author | Editor | Critic

(1936-2019) US academic and sf critic, with the English Department at Bradley University (Peoria, Illinois) 1963-2002, then professor emeritus at Bradley until his death. His solo works include studies of Philip José Farmer and Robert Silverberg: The Magic Labyrinth of Philip José Farmer (1984 chap) and The Road to Castle Mount: The Science Fiction of Robert Silverberg (1999). With Carl B Yoke he edited the Alternate History essay collection Classic and Iconoclastic Alternate History Science Fiction (anth 2003). [DRL]Edgar Leon Chapmanborn near Bloomfield, Missouri: 23 September 1936died Peoria, Illinois: 11 October 2019works nonfiction The Magic Labyrinth of Philip José Farmer (San Bernard...

Bloom, Harold

Tagged: Author | Editor | Critic

(1930-2019) US academic and author, active from the mid-1950s, author of one novel, The Flight to Lucifer: A Gnostic Fantasy (1979), whose subtitle is accurate. As a critic, he is best known for his analysis of the relationship between strong male authors and their predecessors over the last several centuries of Western literature, an analysis deeply influenced by the work of Sigmund Freud, an influence he freely admitted made him anxious. The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry (1973; rev 1997), A Map of Misreading (1975), Kabbalah and Criticism (1975) and Poetry and Repression: Revisionism from Blake to Stevens (1976) make up a central tetralogy of works devoted to Bloom's variously e...

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