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Delord, Taxile

(1815-1877) French politician, journalist and author; of the narrative texts he composed to accompany illustrations by J J Grandville, that of most sf interest is Une Autre Monde ["Another World"] [for subtitle see Checklist] (graph 1844), where Grandville's grotesquely oneiric biomorphic visions render humans as deliquescent combinations of the organic and the mechanical (see Satire). Delord and Grandville in combination have been seen as precursors of Surrealism (see Absurdist SF; ...

Harcourt, Glenn

(?   -    ) US author who collaborated with Carter Scholz (whom see for description) on his only sf publication, the novel Palimpsests (1984). [JC]

Zimpel, Lloyd

(1929-    ) US author of Meeting the Bear: A Journal of the Black Wars (1971), a Near Future tale set in a disintegrating America, with urban unrest being countered by Dystopian means, including brainwashing and concentration camps. [JC]

Gordon, Jane

(?   -    ) UK author of Stepford Husbands (1996), an sf Satire in which a scientist offers to treat the husbands of four frustrated women with the new Drug Manifold, which will make them malleable; the consequences are various. [JC]

Takeshita Ryūnosuke

(1984-    ) Japanese lawyer and former child prodigy who enjoyed a brief and meteoric career as an author beginning with Tensai Eri-chan Kingyō o Tabeta ["Genius Eri Ate a Goldfish"] (1991). This, in turn, became the subject of some controversy when the seven-year-old Takeshita's book, daubed with understandably childish artwork, won the Masami Fukushima Writers Prize, leading to protests among some committee members that it took Japanese publishing's obsession with ...

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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