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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Wildside Press

US Small Press founded in 1989 by John Gregory Betancourt and Kim Betancourt, initially located in New Jersey; subsequently Holicong, Pennsylvania, and then Rockville, Maryland; and since July 2015 Cabin John, Maryland. / Wildside Press has made very many out-of-print sf/fantasy classics and curiosities available in print-on-demand and more recently Ebook editions. ...

Johnson, Kij

(1960-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Roadkill" in Tales of the Unanticipated for Winter/Spring 1988, and who is perhaps best known for her impressive first solo novel, The Fox Woman (2000), a fantasy set in a vision of archaic Japan whose protagonist more closely resembles a figure out of fable bound by destiny than a Talking Animal [see The ...

Apollonius of Rhodes

(early 3rd century BCE-late 3rd century BCE) Greek author, his name also given as Apollonius Rhodius; known primarily for the Argonautica (mid 3rd century BCE), which recounts more fully and capably than any other source the Fantastic Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, from the mainland to various Islands in the Greek Archipelago and onward, in their quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece from ...

Mullen, R D

(1915-1998) US sf critic and scholar, now emeritus professor of English at Indiana State University. Mullen was a founding member of the Science Fiction Research Association. In 1973 he established Science Fiction Studies and was its publisher and, with Darko Suvin, its co-editor through 1978; he returned to the journal as an editor in 1991 and managing editor ...

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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