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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Galaxy High

US/Japanese animated tv series (1986). TMS Entertainment Ltd. Created by Chris Columbus. Executive Producer Yutaka Fujioka. Directors include David Hilberman, Toshiyuki Hiruma and Sam Nicholson. Writers include Larry DiTillio, Ken Koonce and David Weimers. Voice cast includes Susan Blu, Pat Carroll, Nancy Cartwright, Jennifer Darling, David L. Lander, Danny Mann, Howard Morris, Hal Rayle and John Stephenson. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Doyle Cleverlobe (Rayle) and Aimee ...

Xu Zhuodai

Pen-name of Xu Fulin (1880-circa 1958), who flourished as a humorist during the 1920s in the cosmopolitan Chinese city of Shanghai, gaining the sobriquet Huaji Dafu ["The Master of Laughter"]. Among his other professions, he ran a school for acrobats, was a sometime playwright and translator, dabbled in the nascent film business, and even set up a soy sauce factory. / Among his many works of film reviews, essays and short stories, Yingxixue ...

Other Edens

UK original anthology series, consisting of Other Edens (anth 1987), Other Edens II (anth 1988) and Other Edens III (anth 1989), edited by Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock. This was a curious series. The (ironic?) title is taken from the description of England in Shakespeare's Richard II, though the editors mistakenly say ...

Asakura Hisashi

Pseudonym of Zenji Ōtani (1930-2010), the Japanese translator of, among others, J G Ballard, Michael Crichton, Philip K Dick, Harry Harrison and Fritz Leiber. Graduating in Anglo-American studies from Osaka University, he initially worked in a textile company until 1966. A prolific translator for S-F Magazine, he ...

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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