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Sher, Antony

(1949-    ) South African-born actor and author, mostly in UK from 1968; of his four novels, The Feast (1998) incorporates sf elements into a complexly Equipoisal narrative set in an unnamed Near Future African state after its brutal dictator has been deposed and (seemingly) killed. This profound disruption to the reality structure of the fragile state causes literal convulsions in the Perception of reality, which sometimes oppresses with a Magic Realist clarity, but ...

Kelly, Harold Ernest

(1900-1969) UK author and publisher, founder with his brother, Hector Kelly, of Everybody's Books in 1943, then in 1946 of Robin Hood Press, for which he wrote many crime novels – being best known for those as by Darcy Glinto – and Westerns, along with some sf and horror. In the 1960s, he wrote crime under the House Name Hank Janson. As Eugene Ascher he wrote the Lucian Carolus series of occult detective novels: There Were No Asper Ladies (1944; vt To Kill a Corpse 1959), Uncanny ...

Pyramid Books

US paperback publishing company founded in 1949 by Almat Magazine Publishers. In its early years it specialized in "racy" novels and westerns, but it soon began to publish sf, beginning with a reprint of Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1956; vt Tomorrow's World 1956) by Evan Hunter writing as Hunt Collins. Its early offerings were divided between original work and reprints (the latter often with sensational titles substituted for the hardcovers'), with a few nineteenth-century classics such as Wilkie ...

Gibbons, Floyd

(1887-1939) US author, mostly of war stories; well known as a war correspondent. The Red Napoleon (6 April-3 August 1929 Liberty; 1929) is a Future War tale in which a Mongol dictator named Karakhan, Communist successor to the murdered Stalin, conquers much of the world, miscegenating as he goes – like Genghis Khan (circa 1162-1227) before him – this time as part of a deliberate onslaught upon the racist White nations. He is eventually defeated by the USA. Gibbons appears as his ...

Slade, Arthur

(1967-    ) Canadian author whose earlier work – notably the Northern Frights sequence beginning with Draugr (1998) – deployed various horror and Horror in SF tropes in a Canadian context. Of sf interest is the Hunchback Assignments sequence beginning with The Hunchback Assignments (2009), a series of Young Adult Steampunk tales mostly set in a nineteenth-century-style London extremely packed with Villains, Inventions, a giant Robot or two, ravening Cyborg dogs, ...

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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