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Stead, C K

(1932-    ) New Zealand poet, academic and author whose acerbic, well crafted novels have received considerable praise. Of some sf interest is his first: Smith's Dream (1971; rev 1973) depicts a tyrannical Dystopia, and a Near Future Vietnam-like conflict set in New Zealand, with an ending harshened in the revised edition; it was filmed as Sleeping Dogs (1977) (see New Zealand). My Name Was Judas (2006) verges on Alternate History, using the recollections of a ...

Farmer, Philip José

(1918-2009) US author whose active career extended over half a century, though he was a comparatively late starter as an author, and his first story, "O'Brien and Obrenov" for Adventure in March 1946, was nonfantastic and promised little. A part-time student at Bradley University, he gained a BA in English in 1950, and two years later burst onto the sf scene with his novella The Lovers (August 1952 Startling; exp 1961; rev 1979). Although originally rejected by John W Campbell Jr of Astounding ...

Parasyte -the maxim-

Japanese animated tv series (2014-2015). Original title Kiseijû: Sei no kakuritsu. Based on the Manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki. Madhouse. Written by Shinzô Fujita, Hitoshi Iwaaki and Shôji Yonemura. Directed by Kenichi Shimizu. Voice cast includes Aya Hirano, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Atsuko Tanaka and Makoto Yasumura. 24 24-minute episodes. Colour. / A wormlike Alien parasite (Hirano) (see Parasitism and Symbiosis), intending to replace seventeen-year-old Shinichi Izumi's (Shimazaki) ...

Youmans, Brian

(?   -    ) US publisher and editor most associated with Small Press magazines. Starting with The Best of the Rest 1990: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy from the Small Press (anth 1991) he has edited, albeit on an extremely relaxed schedule, a series highlighting the eclectic mix of work by both new and established authors whose work was first published in the small press. Stories from Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, On Spec, Strange Horizons and ...

Fantastic Voyages

The fantastic voyage is one of the oldest literary forms, the first paradigm instances of its use being the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, from the third millennium BCE, and Homer's Odyssey (circa sixth century BCE); it remains one of the basic frameworks for the casting of literary fantasies. Of the prose forms extant before the development of the form of nonfantastic prose fiction that became identified as the novel in the eighteenth century, the fantastic voyage is the most important in 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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