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Burdekin, Katharine

(1896-1963) UK author, who was working in a military hospital during World War One when her husband was wounded in action; she signed some of her work Kay Burdekin in America and, in the 1930s, wrote what remains her best-known novel as by Murray Constantine, a pseudonym which was confirmed only in 1985 by Professor Daphne Patai. Neither of her first two novels explores the fantastic. Her third, The Burning Ring (1927), however, is a Time-Travel fantasy in which a self-centred young man, having ...

Fripp, Robert

(1946-    ) UK musician, best known for founding King Crimson. Fripp has released a great many solo albums and collaborations with various other artists, often avant-garde and experimental in style. With Brian Eno he recorded the instrumental No Pussyfooting (1973), an evocatively droning and repeating work. The titles of its two tracks "The Heavenly Musical Corporation" and "Swastika Girls" both make reference to Philip K Dick's The Man in the High Castle. 1999 (1994) is an ...

Aspler, Tony

(1939-    ) UK-born wine journalist and author, in Canada from 1970; of sf interest among his several novels is Chain Reaction (1978) with Gordon Pape, which concerns the Near Future assassination of a Canadian politician that threatens World War Three. [JC]

Wartofsky, Victor

(1931-2003) US author whose very Near Future Year of the Yahoo (1972) is of some sf interest for its explorations of potential Political extremities in the governance of America; in The Passage (1980), a volunteer at the Psychical Research Institute experimentally explores the afterlife. [JC]

Ashley, Mike

Working name of UK editor and researcher Michael Raymond Donald Ashley (1948-    ), who has a special expertise in the history of magazine sf, fantasy and weird fiction; for this large body of significant work, he was given the Pilgrim Award for 2002. Ashley's first major work as an anthology editor was the four-volume The History of the Science Fiction Magazine, whose components are The History of the Science Fiction Magazine: Part 1 1926-35 (anth 1974), The History of the ...

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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