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Pascal, Jacques

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ) of two Near Future erotic novels (see Sex), Virgin's Sacrifice (1980) and Futuresex (1981). [JC]

Trevor, Meriol

(1919-2000) UK author whose Alternate-History tales in the World Dionysius sequence – The Forest and the Kingdom (1949), Hunt the King, Hide the Fox (1950) and The Fires and the Stars (1951) – convey a bright childlike nostalgia for a planet which in some regards resembles Earth but whose history is more satisfactory than ours. This angle of view may be accounted for by the fact that, with Margaret Priestley (whom see for her own contributions), Trevor had decades earlier created ...

King, Vincent

Pseudonym of UK author, artist and teacher Rex Thomas Vinson (1935-2000) ("King" being a play on "Rex"), who worked in Cornwall and began publishing sf with "Defence Mechanism" for New Writings in SF No 9 (anth 1966) edited by E J Carnell. His first novel, Light a Last Candle (1969), perhaps overcomplicatedly portrays a world almost entirely conquered by a Hive Mind composed of intelligent molluscs from Underground, leaving only the poles inhabitable by humans. His later novels similarly tend ...

Spears, Heather

(1934-2021) Canadian artist, poet and author, in Denmark since 1962, author of much non-genre poetry, her first volume being Asylum Poems (coll 1958); she won the Governor-General's Medal for Poetry for The Word for Sand (coll 1959). Her sf, which is much more recent, comprises the Moonfall sequence – Moonfall (1991), The Child of Atwar (1993) and The Taming (1996) – which vividly explores a Ruined Earth environment through the experiences of twins who share the same body. A later ...

Kirkup, James

(1918-2009) UK-born academic, translator, poet and author who left England permanently in 1956, long before the hoicked-up "scandal" of his gay poem about Christ, "The Love that Dares to Speak its Name" (3 June 1976 Gay News), resulted in the last successful conviction for blasphemy in the UK; securely resident abroad, Kirkup did not attend these proceedings. His first book, The Cosmic Shape: An Interpretation of Myth and Legend with Three Poems and Lyrics (coll 1946) with Ross Nichols ...

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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