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IAFA Award

Awards presented since 1985 by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA). Winners of the Distinguished Scholarship award – presented since 1986 – are listed below. Other categories, perhaps of less general interest to the science fiction community, include the William L Crawford Fantasy Award for a debut work of fantasy, the Robert A Collins Service Award for service to the IAFA and regular Graduate Student Awards (the last being sponsored by Dell ...

Biagi, L D

Pseudonym of US author Lottie F Ambrose (?   -?   ), whose Two Heroes and a Violin: An Extravaganza (1899) is a supernatural fiction. The protagonist of her sf novel The Centaurians (1911) travels with his Scientist friend in a torpedo-like ship of the latter's Invention to the North Pole and beyond, arriving in a clement Lost World where they sight what seems to be a Counter-Earth. They are taken by members of a primitive tribe to the City of the dark-complected ...

Dean, Roger

(1944-    ) UK illustrator. He has worked primarily a commercial designer, especially of posters and record-album covers, which show a strong Fantasy influence; his best-known works in this area are undoubtedly his album covers for the rock group Yes, and he has also done covers for Videogames. On a few occasions he has produced sf and fantasy Illustration, displaying a style that is strong, romantic and mannered; he typically contrasts very finely detailed figures and ...

Steber, A R

A House Name initially used 1938-1945 in the Ziff-Davis magazines, mostly in Amazing Stories. The primary user was Raymond A Palmer, once in collaboration with Joseph J Millard and once with John Russell Fearn writing as Thornton Ayre; the first Steber story, by Palmer solo, was "The Blinding Ray" (August 1938 Amazing). Later, from 1950, Palmer's friend Rog Phillips used it in Other Worlds. There is no substance in the anagram-inspired suggestion that Alfred Bester might have used the name; ...

Hartshorne, Henry

(1823-1897) US physician and author whose sf novella 1931: A Glance at the Twentieth Century (1991 chap) describes the Near Future in generally Utopian terms; America has solved its racial problems (see Race in SF), and solved other problems as well, including Pollution, through the application of high Technology. Perhaps unseriously, it is suggested that Canada has welcomed incorporation into the great republic (see Imperialism). [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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