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Hazzard, Wilton

An occasional House Name of the Fiction House Magazines, used chiefly for sports-related fiction. One sf story by Margaret St Clair appeared as by Hazzard: "The Dancers" (January 1952 Planet Stories). Other instances of this byline include two reprinted sports stories by Nelson Bond. [MA/SH/DRL]

He Xi

(1971-    ) Pen-name for an unidentified Chinese author and multiple Yinhe Award-winner, perhaps best known for his reworking of Chinese Mythology in "Ban Gu" (1996 Kehuan Shijie). A student at the Chengdu University of Science and Technology, He enjoyed a flurry of short story publications after his debut "Yiye Fengkuang" ["One Crazy Night"] (1991 venue unknown) before suddenly disappearing from the field for two years in 1997, after his itinerant job in information ...

Vairasse D'Alais, Denis

(circa 1635/1638-circa 1700) French soldier, linguist and author, the latter part of whose surname is sometimes given as Allais; in the UK for a number of years from around 1660 to 1772, when he returned to the Continent. He is of strong Proto SF interest for a complexly published Fantastic Voyage, its mode and contents showing the influence of Johann Valentin Andreae, though its narrative, shaped as a transaction of at least one exemplary Archipelago, may render it easier for modern readers to ...

Senior, W A

(1953-    ) US academic, administratively involved with the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for many years, serving as President 1994-1998 and between 2002 and 2004; also involved as an organizer of the Association's annual conference, the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. As a critic, he is best known for Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Variations on the Fantasy Tradition (1995), which focuses on Stephen R ...

Borderlands [game]

Videogame (2009). Gearbox Software (GS). Designed by Matthew Armstrong. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360 (2009); Mac (2010). / Borderlands is an "action RPG" (see Computer Role Playing Games), much influenced by First Person Shooters but in essence resembling a science-fictional variant of the hack and slash fantasy game Diablo (1997). Players wander the blasted deserts of the planet Pandora, performing missions for assorted patrons, battling (often randomly generated) enemies and looting their ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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