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Cramer, Kathryn

(1962-    ) US critic and editor; daughter of John Cramer, married to David G Hartwell from 1997 until his death in 2016, who began publishing fiction of genre interest with "Forbidden Knowledge" in Mathenauts (anth 1987) edited by Rudy Rucker; she has been involved in various capacities with the New York Review of Science Fiction since it began in 1988, and has published some spiky, erudite criticism in this journal. She has become deeply involved in arguing the aesthetic ...

Landor, Robert Eyres

(1781-1869) UK minister and author, brother of the more famous Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), whose novel, The Fountain of Arethusa (1848 2vols), combines the supernatural and Proto SF as two explorers enter an Underground world (see Hollow Earth), where they engage in discussions with the worthy dead, who either enjoy an Afterlife [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] existence there, or have been literally re-incorporated, and therefore comprise a Lost Race. There are ...

Schweitzer, Darrell

(1952-    ) US critic, editor, bookseller and author who was early active in sf Fandom, publishing some amateur fiction, though his first professional story of genre interest was "Come to Mother" for Weirdbook #4 in 1971, but who has spent his energies very variously for many years, coming initially to notice with a series of critical studies [they are broken down in the Checklist below] including Lovecraft in the Cinema (1975 chap), The Dream Quest of H.P. Lovecraft (1978 ...

Winch, E

(1895-1939) UK author of The Mountain of Gold (1928), a Lost Race tale set in South America, where Incan remains lead deep into the mountains, where a "primitive" Indian "tribe", which has established a Utopian society, is condescendingly discovered. [JC]

Eklund, Gordon

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Dear Aunt Annie" in Fantastic for April 1970, though he also published considerable fan fiction (see Fandom), all of which was collected as Eklundia Stories: The Complete Fan Fiction of Gordon Eklund (coll 2013). In the early and most prolific years of his career he published dozens of stories in sf magazines, much of this work being assembled in the Selected Stories sequence comprising Second Creation ...

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 ...

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