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Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

Award given in memory of Theodore Sturgeon, who died in 1985, to the previous year's best sf/fantasy story in English under 17,500 words. It was founded in 1987 by James Gunn and Sturgeon's heirs, and since then has been announced annually during a July ceremony at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, at which the John W Campbell Memorial Award is also announced. The winner and place-getters are chosen by a committee, largely of sf writers, which was chaired until 1994 by Orson Scott Card, ...

Dekobra, Maurice

Pseudonym of French author Ernest-Maurice Tessier (1885-1973), most famous for his thriller, La Madone des sleepings (1925; trans Neal Wainwright as The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars 1927); of his sf, which forms a small part of his large output, Météore 101 ([date not established]; trans Metcalfe Wood as Death Requests the Pleasure 1940) depicts Near Future chaos as Meteor 101 approaches Earth. [JC]

Fantastic Metropolis

US cumulative Online Magazine more akin to a website. It ran from 15 October 2001 to 1 January 2006, though the last release was four months late, and though there were regular monthly uploads of fiction and other features these were not in the form of individual issues. It was started by Gabe Chouinard in order to highlight the wider potential of literary science fiction rather than the traditional or commercial material, with an emphasis on urban fiction (see Cities) that would – as ...

Portwin, E T

(1912-2006) UK publisher and author, born Portwine (name changed legally), who sometimes wrote as by Elizabeth Portwin, his wife's name; as he normally signed his books E T Portwin, some confusion ensued. His books, which are Children's SF, begin with The Boy in the Moon (1945 chap) as by Elizabeth Portwin; of greatest interest is Death Swamp and Other Adventure Stories (coll 1946), whose title novella dramatizes the almost fatal discovery of "liquid radium" which dissolves flesh at a touch; ...

Foster, W Bert

(1869-1929) US author who specialized in the Dime Novel and several of whose Western tales were made into silent films; his sf of most interest – like "At Land's End" (May-November 1901 Argosy), a Near Future tale in which the Arctic is explored by airplane; and "When Time Slipped a Cog" (January-May 1905 All-Story), which combines Timeslip and Amnesia – did not reach book form. The Lost Expedition (1905) is borderline sf. [MA/JC]

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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