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Wingate, John

(1920-2008) UK naval officer (with active submarine service in World War Two), teacher and author, mostly on naval matters, who published some 25 works of fiction and naval history. His novels are generally nonfantastic, with the exception of two volumes in the Young Adult Submariner Sinclair sequence: in Nuclear Captain (1962) and Sub-Zero (1963), Technothriller elements infiltrate normal Cold War manoeuvres with some element of the fantastic. [JC]

Religion

Familiar Definitions of SF imply that there is nothing more alien to its concerns than religion. However, many of the roots of Proto SF are embedded in traditions of speculative fiction closely associated with the religious imagination, and contemporary sf recovered a strong interest in certain mystical and transcendental themes and images when it moved beyond the Taboos imposed by the Pulp magazines. Modern sf frequently confronts age-old speculative issues associated with Metaphysics and ...

Pierce, John J

(1941-    ) US editor and critic, son of John R Pierce, with a background in Fandom, editor of a Fanzine, Renaissance, in the 1960s, and at that time author of reasoned polemical articles about the damage he saw being wrought on sf by writers of the New Wave. Pierce edited Galaxy November 1977-March/April 1979, years in which through no special fault of his the magazine was rapidly declining. Later he published an ambitious sequence of critical books about sf, A Study in ...

Fontenay, Charles L

(1917-2007) US newspaperman and author, born in Brazil and raised in Tennessee from infancy, where he worked as a newspaperman for about half a century. He was a member of the If stable from the publication of his first story, "Disqualified", in September 1954, which he began much later to assemble in the incomplete Here, There and Elsewhen sequence of collected stories; he also wrote three somewhat routine sf novels over the next decade: Twice Upon a Time (1958 dos), Rebels of the Red Planet ...

Icarus

US magazine of gay Speculative Fiction available in both print and downloadable formats. Published by Lethe Press, Maple Shade, New Jersey and edited by Steve Berman. Published quarterly since Summer 2009. Icarus publishes stories of speculative fiction that feature gay male protagonists though the contributors themselves need not be gay. It also includes interviews with and essays by gay authors or about straight writers who have explored gay themes. As a result, despite the primary readership ...

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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