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Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso

(1876-1944) Egyptian-born polemicist, editor and author, in France from early manhood and subsequently in Italy. As the author of "Fondazione e Manifesto del Futurismo" (5 February 1909 Gazzetta dell'Emilia; trans anon in Exhibition of Works by the Italian Futurist Painters, graph 1912, as "The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism"), he is credited with founding the Futurism movement; "Futurist Manifesto" argues for an epiphanic immolation in the Technology of the new age, citing Iconic instances ...

Vopěnka, Martin

(1963-    ) Czech publisher and author, active from about 1989, whose Pátý Rozmeř (2009; trans Hana Sklenkova as The Fifth Dimension 2015) is an example of Fantastika whose incorporation of sf elements achieves a bleakly deliberated abstractness that removes the text very far from Genre SF, or indeed from the tale of political/cultural Paranoia it seems to channel. In a more or less contemporary land (similar to the Czech Republic), the protagonist finds ...

Ramsden, Lewis

Pseudonym of A L Dowling (?   -?   ), UK author of The Temple of Fire (1905), a Lost Race tale whose contemporary protagonists are directed to a mysterious Island in the South Atlantic by a "Strange Letter Found in a Copper Vessel" from Elizabethan times, and find there a civilization descended from ancient Persia; an even more ancient civilization, having suffered racial Devolution, haunts the Underground caverns beneath the island in Apes as Human guise. Though ...

Mailer, Norman

(1923-2007) US public figure, controversialist and author at the centre of American intellectual life for many decades after the publication of his first novel, The Naked and the Dead (1948), though his influence waned in his last years. Mailer's work was never identified with genre fiction, but all of his later fiction contain elements of Fantasy, with frequent evocations of an imaginative world containing spirits, paranormal phenomena and magical correspondences. Even a work as early as ...

Toyota Aritsune

(1938-    ) Japanese author and screenwriter, sometimes romanized in error as Aritsune Toyoda, intimately connected to the world of Anime and early Fandom in Japan, both as a participant and chronicler of its history. Toyota initially undertook medical studies on the assumption that he would to take his elder brother's place as the head of the family healthcare business. However, on being released from his obligations by his sibling's surprise recovery from a ...

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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