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Aitmatov, Chingiz

(1928-2008) USSR-born Kyrgyz author and diplomat; his native province of the then USSR, Kirghizia, became Kyrgyzstan in 1991, though his formative experiences as an author after 1952 or so were as a convinced citizen of and advocate of the Communist government of the USSR; he remained a respected figure for the whole of his long career. He is known mostly for his mainstream fiction (for which he had been a Nobel Prize candidate), which poetically depicts ...

Barbusse, Henri

(1873-1935) French author, best known for his strongly realistic fiction, especially that concerning World War One. Les enchaînements (1925 2vols; trans Stephen Haden Guest as Chains 1925 2vols) attempts – like many novels from the first third of the century – to present a panoramic vision of mankind's prehistory and history, in this case through the transcendental experiences of a single protagonist who is struck ...

McAllister, Gillian

(1985-    ) UK author whose first six novels are nonfantastic; the lawyer protagonist of her seventh, Wrong Place Wrong Time (2022), experiences the trauma of seeing her son kill an apparent stranger in front of her eyes, and – because of the depth of the experience, and "hysterical strength" of her need to save her son – finds herself afflicted or blessed by Time in Reverse transformations. Each day she awakens ...

Hartman, Emerson B

(?1888/1889-1969) US author whose Lunarchia: That Strange World Beneath the Moon's Crust (1937) began a projected six-volume interplanetary sequence in the Edgar Rice Burroughs vein with the discovery of a colourful civilization within the Moon. No further volumes appeared. In The Giant of the Sierras (1945) a Lost World is discovered in California inhabited by giants, ...

Pham, Hoa

(1972-    ) Australian playwright and author, active from the early 1990s, much of whose work has been nonfantastic or fantasy. The young protagonist of The Other Shore (2014) finds herself able to communicate with the dead (see Psi Powers), and is ruthlessly exploited by her family, her government, and the dead themselves. The protagonist of Lady of the Realm (2017) suffers deeply ...

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 ...



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