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Corday, Michel

Pseudonym of French soldier and author Louis-Léonard Pollet (1870-1937), best known for his writings about World War One, his contemporary diaries expressing a scathingly pacifist view of the conflict. Of sf interest are two late novels, La Flamme éternelle (1931) and its sequel Ciel Rose (1933), assembled together as The Eternal Flame (omni trans Brian Stableford ...

Ward, George Whiteley

(?   -?   ) UK author who published occasionally in English magazines from around 1900; his juvenile tales for Chums, like "The Chessmen of Ghor Khi Laht" (19 January 1924 Chums), are apparently fantastic. He is of sf interest for Drelma: A Tale of the Great Sahara (1908), a Lost Race tale in which Ancient Egyptians are discovered in the modern Sahara. [JC]

Hailey, Arthur

(1920-2004) UK author, in Canada from 1947, best known for heavily researched novels, like Hotel (1965) and Airport (1968), where an insider intimacy adds frisson to numerous crises; of sf interest is In High Places (1962), a Near Future tale whose focus of intimacy is (uncommonly) the Canadian federal government, and upon the Prime Minister's response to a nuclear war. [JC]

Slough Feg

Also known as "The Lord Weird Slough Feg"; US heavy metal band, named after a character in the 2000 AD comic series Sláine. The group's first three albums – The Lord Weird Slough Feg (1998), Twilight of the Idols (1999) and Down Among the Deadmen (2000) – excavate a vein of Celtic-themed mythic Fantasy; but their fourth release, Traveller (2003) is a concept ...

Marcus, Ben

(1967-    ) US author whose work has from the first explored with exuberant gonzo ambitiousness a wide range of Postmodernist story-telling strategies (see Equipoise; Postmodernism and SF), generally creating through disjunct or colliding topoi an anatomy of modern America far beyond the range of mimetic fiction as that form continues occasionally to be written in the twenty-first century (see ...

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 ...

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