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Lewis, Oscar

(1893-1992) US editor and author active from 1912 as an author of magazine stories for boys; not to be confused with the anthropologist Oscar Lewis (1914-1970). His Alternate-History novel, The Lost Years: A Biographical Fantasy (1951), depicts through the recorded reactions of contemporaries the last years of Abraham Lincoln in a world where he was never assassinated. [JC]

Watchmen [tv]

US tv series (2019). DC Comics/HBO/Paramount Television/Warner Brothers/Storm Studios/White Rabbit. Created by and show-runner Damon Lindelof; loosely based on Watchmen (graph 1987) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Directed by Steph Green, Nicole Kassell, Damon Lindelof, Andrij Parekh, David Semel, Frederick E O Toye and Stephen Williams. Written by Lila Byock, Nick Cuse, Christal Henry, Cord Jefferson, Jeff Jensen, Claire Kiechel, Damon Lindelof, Stacy Osei-Kuffour and Carly Wray. Cast includes ...

Mitchell, David

(1969-    ) UK author, in Japan 1994-2000, whose work exhibits a thrusting and muscular (but finely tempered) Equipoise among the genres of Fantastika. His first novel, Ghostwritten: A Novel in Nine Parts (1999), which it would be reductionist to describe as a collection of linked stories, is all the same presented as a set of stories, each of which inhabits a different genre, from chthonic reminiscences of a preternaturally ancient Chinese woman to the Technothriller, from ...

Recursive SF

Recycling material from the vast and growing storehouse of the already-written has long been a practice of sf writers. Plots and characters constantly reappear throughout sf, usually but not always in the form of sequels written by the author of the original work; venues (like Edgar Rice Burroughs's Mars) become universal props; and terms descriptive of devices or circumstances unique to sf (from BEMS to Corpsicles to partials – Greg Bear's coinage for autonomous computer-generated ...

Science Fiction Hall of Fame

A life achievement honour (see Awards) inaugurated in 1996 by the Kansas City SF and Fantasy Society and the J Wayne and Elsie M Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, with both sf and fantasy authors eligible. Initially four authors were inducted each year, two posthumously. After the 2004 inductions the Hall of Fame was transferred to the Seattle-based Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, now a part of the ...

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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