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Sinyavsky, Andrey

(1925-1997) Russian dissident author and literary critic who published the manuscripts he smuggled into the West in the late 1950s and early 1960s under the name Abram Tertz. His identity became known when the Soviet authorities arrested him in 1966 and subjected him, along with his friend and fellow dissident Yuli Daniel (who wrote as Nikolai Arzhak), to a show trial; both were imprisoned; after his release, Sinyavsky was permitted to emigrate to France in 1973, where he found a position at ...

Thomas, Sheree Renée

(1972-    ) US author, poet, artist and editor who began to publish work of genre interest with "How Sukie Cross de Big Wata" in Mojo: Conjure Stories (anth 2003) edited by Nalo Hopkinson. Her stories and poems are collected in Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems (coll 2011), Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (coll 2011) and Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (coll 2020), the last volume focusing on Memphis, Tennessee, where she was born. Her Dark Matter ...

de Anguèrre, Charles Edgar

A pseudonym probably of Charles E Dean (?   -?   ), author of Do We Live Again? Man the Molecule, Phantasmal Thanatology [for full subtitle see Checklist] (1922), which combines the Afterlife Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] with Space Flight, as a French scientist embarks on an interplanetary journey described in perfectly orthodox sf terms. After landing on the planet Eterno, he meets famous men and women from Earth's past, and conveys ...

Wilson, Colin

(1931-2013) UK author of speculative works, who remains best known for his first book, The Outsider (1956), in which he gave graphic expression to the brilliant autodidactism, the erratic system-building mentality, the tendency to treat himself (and a previous few others) as a natural elite, and the voracity for new mental sensations that would mark the very numerous titles he would produce over the next several decades, many of them of some indirect interest to sf and fantasy writers and ...

Plan 9 from Outer Space

Film (1959). Reynolds Pictures. Written and directed by Edward D Wood Jr. Cast includes Criswell, Tor Johnson, Bela Lugosi, Vampira (Maila Nurmi) and Gregory Walcott. 79 minutes. Black and white. / Enduringly strange B-picture mixing UFOs and Zombies in a free-associating quasi-plot about Alien visitants reanimating the dead in an attempt to warn humanity about the cosmic destructive powers of an imminent post-Nuclear Energy technology which threatens to convert the Sun into a Holocaust ...

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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