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Voltaire

Most famous pseudonym of François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), enormously productive and successful French philosopher, historian, playwright, belletrist who wrote under at least 170 other names. Of interest as Proto SF is "Micromégas", the title story contained in Le Micromégas de Mr. de Voltaire, avec une Histoire des Croisades & un nouveau plan de l'Histoire de l'esprit humain (coll 1752; trans Tobias Smollett as Micromegas, a Comic Romance [for full subtitle see ...

Giambastiani, Kurt R A

(1958-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Supplanter" for Science Fiction Review in 1991, but who, after a few further stories, became best-known for his Fallen Cloud series of Alternate History Westerns set in the American West, and comprising The Year the Cloud Fell (2001), The Spirit of Thunder (2002), Shadow of the Storm (2003) and From the Heart of the Storm (2004). The sequence depicts a nineteenth-century America in which General Custer ...

Editorial Practices

In Notes on Content we briefly describe the principles governing the encyclopedia's construction, and the kinds of information which may be found here. We have tried throughout to present this material as clearly as possible, but some pointers may be helpful, as below. For information on the bibliographic Checklists now appearing at the ends of entries, see Editorial Practices: Checklists. / Cross-reference entries A little less than 30% of the more than 17,500 entries in the ...

Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler, The

Film (1971; vt The Resurrection of Clayton Zachary Wheeler). Madison Productions, Inc/Gold Key Entertainment. Produced by Robert Stabler (credited as Bob Stabler). Directed by Bob Wynn. Written by Jay Simms and Tom Rolf. Cast includes Angie Dickenson, Bradford Dillman and Leslie Nielsen. 100 minutes. Colour. / US Senator Clayton Zachary Wheeler (Dillman) is involved in an auto accident which leaves him very near death; this s witnessed by television news reporter Harry Walsh (Nielsen). ...

Kheir, Mohamed

(1977-    ) Egyptian journalist and author whose fourth novel, Eflat Al Asabea (2018; trans Robin Moger as Slipping 2021), sophisticatedly represents a Fantastic Voyage through the riches and detritus of post 2011 Egypt via fluent weddings of the topoi of world-Fantastika: dream visions; palimpsests that create edifices of the past and the present and the future; nightmares of bureaucracy wrought to its most ludicrous; glimpses of "traditional" sf modes transacting with 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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