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Hassaurek, F

(1832-1885) Austrian-born newspaper owner and author in the USA, fleeing there after the revolutions of 1848; he sometimes gave his given name as Frederick. He was the United States minister to Ecuador 1861-1865, an experience which may have inspired his unremarkable Lost Race novel, The Secret of the Andes: A Romance (1879), which focuses on a hidden band of Incas in their mountain redoubt. [JC]

Rome, David

Pseudonym of UK-born television writer David Boutland (1938-    ), in Australia from 1951; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Time of Arrival" for New Worlds in April 1961, placing a number of tales in that journal in the years before Michael Moorcock became editor in 1964. His only sf book, Squat: Sexual Adventures on Other Planets (1970), is not his best work. [PN] see also: Generation Starships. /


In sf Terminology, an apartment in a high-rise building. Conapts often feature what is effectively a complete life-support system, so that even when they are in a densely populated city their inhabitants are often seen to be isolated from other people. A conapt is often assumed to be in a city consisting of high-rise buildings, each one highly populated, but with the buildings themselves not necessarily crowded together, and sometimes separated by parkland. Probably formed as a contraction of ...

Lovecraft, H P

(1890-1937) US author who spent almost all his life in Providence, Rhode Island, maintaining extensive social contacts mainly by mail. He was an important figure by correspondence in the careers of many authors who later published work clearly influenced by him; and the correspondence between him and Robert E Howard illuminates these two solitary (but intensely communicative) figures. He joined the United Amateur Press Association (see APA) in 1914 and produced much of his early fiction in ...

Sutherland, John

(1938-    ) UK academic, newspaper columnist and author; Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, London. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Struldbrugg Reaction" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for July 1964; a second story appeared in the following year in Worlds of Tomorrow. / A specialist in Victorian and twentieth-century fiction, Sutherland is best known for a series of ...

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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