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Hacke, Axel

(1956-    ) German journalist – winner of several journalism awards – and author, active since 1981 and at book length since 1991. He is of borderline sf interest for Die kleine König Dezember (1993 chap; trans Rosemary Davidson as Little King December 2002 chap), a tale of reversed ageing (see Time in Reverse) in which the eponymous king is met as a shrinking ...


Canadian metal band formed in 1982, and still active through numerous line-up changes; the band name has also been spelt Voïvod. Most of their albums have sf-themed songs, beginning with Killing Technology (1987). The title track is a warning over space Weaponry, while "Forgotten in Space" is a bleak tale of a Prison Spaceship. Dimension Hatröss ...

Time Gate

A permanent or sometimes only semi-permanent gateway that allows Time Travel but lacks the usual mobility of a Time Machine – the gateway's position in space is normally fixed – and the lightning-bolt arbitrariness of a Timeslip. Perhaps the best known written-sf example features in Robert A Heinlein's "By His Bootstraps" (October 1941 ...


People have unfortunately decided to end their own lives throughout history for various reasons, and suicides of this type are regularly depicted in sf as well as other forms of literature. However, suicide on a broader scale – involving numerous citizens, all members of a society, or even an entire species – is a distinctive theme in sf. Humans or Aliens may eradicate themselves in a usually inadvertent but predictable fashion, usually by means of a ...

Addams, Charles

(1912-1988) US cartoonist and illustrator, a prolific contributor to the magazine The New Yorker from 1932 until his death; he had a macabre sense of Humour and a firm brush-line and wash style. His cartoons were invariably signed Chas Addams. He is best known for his creation of the grotesque Addams Family, whom he first introduced in The New Yorker; these characters have been widely exploited on Television and 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 ...

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