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Pedley, Hugh

(1852-1923) Canadian minister and author, whose Looking Forward: The Strange Experience of the Rev Fergus McCheyne (1913) is a Utopia set in the Near Future when the United Church of Canada – now established as the state religion – has brought peace to the land. Transportation has evolved rapidly, with sky trains traversing Canada. The protagonist, who has been in a state of ...

Youmans, Brian

(?   -    ) US publisher and editor most associated with Small Press magazines. Starting with The Best of the Rest 1990: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy from the Small Press (anth 1991) he has edited, albeit on an extremely relaxed schedule, a series highlighting the eclectic mix of work by both new and established authors whose work was first published in the small press. Stories from ...

Royo, Luis

(1954-    ) Spanish artist. In recent years he sometimes collaborates with his son Rómulo Royo (1976-    ), who is also an artist. After formal training at Spain's La Escuela de Artes Aplicados, he first launched a career as a painter, and his works were featured in several exhibitions. He then shifted his attention to Comics, publishing strips in several fanzines and professional magazines, including ...

Palumbo, David

(1982-    ) American artist, son of artist Julie Bell and sf scholar Donald E Palumbo, and brother of artist Anthony Palumbo. He received formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 2000 to 2004 and was informally mentored by his mother and his stepfather Boris Vallejo. He then became active in a number of areas, including exhibitions of his fine art, ...

Eliot, George

Pseudonym of UK author Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880), none of whose major works engage in the fantastic; her most famous novel, Middlemarch (1871-1872 4vols), is central to any study of nineteenth-century English literature. She is of sf interest for one frequently reprinted and commented-upon novelette, The Lifted Veil (July 1859 Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine; 2000 ebook), which focuses on various forms of ESP, including prescience (see ...

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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