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Stern, Roger

(1950-    ) US Comics writer and editor, and author of three Ties to graphic works in which he had been involved: The Death and Life of Superman (1993) and Smallville: Strange Visitors (2002), both in the Smallville subsection of the Superman Universe division of the DC Comics Metaverse overseries; and Superman: The Never-Ending Battle ...

Bond, Edward

(1934-2024) UK librettist and playwright, active from the late 1950s into the second decade of the twenty-first century, notable for his excoriations – both in terms of discourse and through the extreme violence of many of his plays – of the British class system, of the Politics that supports it, and (from a Marxist perspective) of the late capitalism that makes its continuance possible. It may not be adventitious that his first West End premiere came ...

Donne, Hamilton

A House Name of John Spencer & Co, appearing on several short stories in this publisher's poorly-regarded pocketbook magazines Futuristic Science Stories, Tales of Tomorrow and Worlds of Fantasy. It was used three times by Norman A Lazenby and once by John F Watt ...

Bermúdez, María Elvira

(1916-1988) Mexican editor, academic and author; her fiction, mostly detective novels, is mostly nonfantastic. She is of sf interest (see Women SF Writers) primarily for an influential Anthology, Cuentos Fantásticos Mexicanos ["Mexican Fantastic Tales"] (anth 1986), which presents some of her own work. Contributors with entries in this encyclopedia include Juan José ...

Dooner, Pierton W

(1844-1907) Canadian-born editor and author who immigrated to the USA in 1861. His Near Future tale, Last Days of the Republic (1880), was the first US Yellow Peril novel that could be described in sf terms, and demonstrates the terribly common dynamic by which a guilty party, or nation, feels compelled to transfer its guilt to the victim or victim-nation: in 1880, the year of the book's publication, Chinese coolies ...

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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