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Egan, Beresford

(1905-1984) UK artist, illustrator and author, in South Africa from 1910 to 1926, who early established a reputation for sexually charged and otherwise transgressive illustrations for works like the 1928 translation of Pierre Louÿs's Aphrodite (1896); he also did covers for Aleister Crowley's Moonchild (1929) and Sean M'Guire's Lost Race novel Beast or Man? (1930): as in Crowley's case, his later career long outlived the time when Decadence could fairly be seen as response to the ...

Doctorow, E L

(1931-2015) US author who remains best known for Ragtime (1975), a novel that evokes the past with a hallucinatory power which edges its real-life and fictional characters into a fable-like milieu (see Fabulation). His first novel of any interest in a fantastic sense, Big as Life (1966), depicts Satirically the Dystopian response of the New York authorities when enormous beings suddenly appear in the city streets. Over the years, he has created a fabulated history for New York, his continuing ...

Despard, Leslie

Working name of UK author John Leslie Despard Howitt (1895-1940), an author mostly of detective stories, though The Amazing Adventures of Mr Henry Button (1927) is an sf tale describing the Invention of a device designed to enforce peace upon the world. Though clearly over-age, he joined the RAF and was shot down in action. [JC]

Real Genius

Film (1985). Tri-Star/Delphi III. Directed by Martha Coolidge. Written by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Peter Torokvei, based on a story by Israel and Proft. Cast includes William Atherton, Gabe Jarret, Val Kilmer, Michelle Meyrink and Robert Prescott. 106 minutes. Colour. / Genius students at a college for advanced science are manipulated into designing a high-power laser by their corrupt professor (Atherton), who unknown to them is supplying it to a cold-blooded government agency as a secret ...

Schram, Irene

(1941-    ) US poet and author, her active publishing career extending from 1966 to 1974. Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down (1972) is a Fabulation in which hints of a possible Holocaust – a sudden massive fall of incinerator ash in an unnamed city identical to New York – are transubstantiated into fable as a group of ten-year old children, escaping what their teacher thinks is simply a Pollution event, find themselves imprisoned in a labyrinthine Keep, where an ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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