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Beukes, Lauren

(1976-    ) South African author, mostly of Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], who began to publish work of genre interest with "Branded" in SL Magazine for 2004. Her first two novels – Moxyland (2008) and Zoo City (2010), which won the Arthur C Clarke Award – suggest en passant sf readings to underpin her narratives; these edgily Equipoisal sf elements have more or less singlehandedly brought Johannesburg into the modern world, as ...

Miniaturization

A favourite area of Imaginary Science in sf is the shrinking or other transference of living protagonists to miniature, microscopic or even subatomic stature, leading to adventures at the appropriate scale (see Great and Small). Scientific rationales for the process are not easy to construct, since the major obstacles include the basic Physics of mass/energy conservation. Thus authors may resort to outright Magic, as in Mark Twain's "Three Thousand Years among the Microbes" (written 1905; in ...

Moore, David Thomas

(?   -    ) Australian anthologist, publisher and author, in the UK from before 2000, who began publishing work of genre interest with "An Unburdening of the Soul" in Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke (anth 2012) edited by Anne C Perry and Jared Shurin, one of an assortment of tales about London (see Horror in SF). To the Pax Britannia Shared World sequence he has contributed Pax Britannia: The Ultimate Secret (2013 ebook), which is set in an Alternate History ...

Eastercon

The generally used nickname, originating in Fan Language, of the UK national sf Convention. This is traditionally held over the Easter bank holiday weekend, though this was not the case in early years. The first event in the consensus list below took place on a single day of the slightly later Whitsun holiday weekend, 15 May 1948, and although the 1949 event was genuinely an Eastercon, Whitsun was the usual choice until 1955. After that year, Easter became the invariable date. There was no 1950 ...

Reed, Van

A House Name used for two books published by Curtis Warren, one by Denis Hughes and the other, Dwellers in Space (1953), by an unidentified author. [JC/DRL]

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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