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Arango, Ángel

Working name of Ángel José Arango Rodríguez (1926-2013), who was the last surviving and active author from what is considered the generation of founding fathers of modern sf in Cuba: Arango, Oscar Hurtado (1919-1977) and Miguel Collazo (1936-1999). These three authors published the three seminal works of the 1960s: Oscar Hurtado with his long poem La ciudad muerta de Korad ["The Dead City of Korad"] (1964), Miguel Collazo with El libro fantástico de Oaj ["The ...

Carlson, Dale

(1935-    ) US author who sometimes publishes her nonfiction as Dale Bick Carlson; her work is primarily designed for Young Adult audiences, like the Jenny Dean sequence of juvenile mysteries beginning with The Mystery of the Shining Children (1983) and ending with The Secret of the Invisible City (1984). Some of her earlier singletons are of stronger sf interest, such as Frankenstein: The Immortal Story of a Monster Created by a Young Scientist Hoping to be a Benefactor ...

Weinbaum, Stanley G

(1902-1935) US author whose interest in sf dated from his youth (he published "The Lost Battle" in a school magazine, The Mercury, in December 1917; it forecasts that World War One will end in 1921) but who did not begin to publish sf professionally until the 1930s, after selling a romance novel – "The Lady Dances" (1934 in various King Features Syndicate newspapers) as by Marge Stanley – to a newspaper syndicate, and after a first sf novel, «The Mad Brain», had been ...


Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of The Coming Cromwell (1871 chap), set in a Near Future Britain in which the eponymous military and political leader conquers the monarchist northlands of Britain on behalf of the republican south, overturning the German monarchy as well en passant; and of The Siege of London: Reminiscences of "Another Volunteer" (1871 chap), which records events directly after the main Battle of Dorking scenario, including the ...

Hairston, Andrea

(1952-    ) US author and critic who began publishing standalone work of genre interest with "Griots of the Galaxy" in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy (anth 2004) edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan. This was preceded by "Excerpt from Mindscape" in Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (anth 2004) edited by Sheree R Thomas, a portion of Hairston's first novel Mindscape (2006). In this novel the internecine squabbles of Earth are intensified ...

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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