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Conrad, Joseph

(1857-1924) Polish-born author, in the UK mercantile marine from 1878 to 1894, a UK citizen from 1886, changing his name at that point from Józef Teodor Konrad Naleçz Korzeniowski to Joseph Conrad. For much of his life he laboured under the misprision of his early reputation as a teller of "mere" sea tales; but in later life he gained commercial success, and increasingly after World War Two he received wide attention for the more complex works of his maturity, like Nostromo ...

Strange Days

Film (1995). Universal Pictures presents a Lightstorm Entertainment production. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Written by James Cameron and Jay Cocks. Cast includes Angela Bassett, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore and Michael Wincott. 145 minutes. Colour. / In the last days of 1999, after Los Angeles (see California) has become a no man's land, a trafficker in bootleg recordings of first-person experiences is ...

Andrews, Graham

(1948-    ) UK author and playwright, in Belgium from 1982, whose Darkness Audible (coll of linked stories 1991) features a sequence of sf and fantasy tales unconnected except for the fact that they are passing through the mind of a failed writer whose mental health is no longer secure; the collection could be described as a set of Club Stories told in Inner Space. A second sf collection is ...

Terry, Teri

Working name of French-born lawyer, optometrist and author Teresa Terry (?   -    ), mostly in Canada from infancy, in UK from 2004; the young protagonist of the Young Adult Slated sequence, comprising Slated (2012), Fractured (2013) and Shattered (2014), has suffered a Memory Edit at the hands of a tyrannical ...

Barbour, Douglas

(1940-2021) Canadian poet (author of at least fourteen volumes of poems, initially under the influence of Ezra Pound) and academic, a professor of English at the University of Alberta; his "Patterns of Meaning in the SF Novels of Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Samuel R. Delany, 1962-1972", accepted by Queen's University in 1976, was the first Canadian doctoral dissertation in the field of sf. A competent study of Delany was spun off from this volume: ...

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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