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Hall, Rodney

(1935-    ) UK-born poet, musician, editor and author, in Australia from 1949, active as a poet from around 1962; Chairperson 1991-1994 of the Australia Council, a body responsible for government arts policy and funding. Several of his novels contain fantasy elements. In Just Relations (1982), for instance, the metaphorical Suspended Animation of the cast approaches the literal. The Yandilli Trilogy, comprising Captivity Captive (1988), The Second Bridegroom (1991) and The ...

Mudd, Steve

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novels in the Tangled Webs Space Opera sequence, comprising Tangled Webs (1989) and The Planet Beyond (1990), are adventures set in a totalitarian Galactic Empire. [JC]

Boorman, John

(1933-    ) UK film director, famous for movies like Point Blank (1967) and Deliverance (1972), who novelized his own Zardoz (1974) as Zardoz (1974) with Bill Stair (1939-1991). As a director he has also ventured into fantasy with Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and the Arthurian Excalibur (1981). The Tailor of Panama (2001), based on John Le Carré's novel The Tailor of Panama (1996), is arguably borderline sf – "political science fiction", as Le Carré ...

Arnyvelde, André

Pseudonym of French journalist, playwright and author André Lévy (1881-1942), his nom de plume being an anagram; in active service during World War One, deported as a Jew to a concentration camp and murdered during World War Two. His works of interest as examples of early twentieth century Fantastika convey their visions of Utopia through an unusually intimate diction. Le Roi du Galande ["The King of Galande"] (1910) is a Fantastic Voyage whose protagonist, after leaving his ...

Tidbeck, Karin

(1977-    ) Swedish author who began to publish work of interest with "Vem är Arvid Pekon?" ["Who Is Arvid Pekon?"] in Jules Verne-Magasinet #513 in 2002; it was later assembled with other tales as the title story of Vem är Arvid Pekon? (coll 2010; exp vt trans author as Jagannath: Stories 2012). This early work runs from austere mythopoeic nordic fantasy, perhaps too easily dismissible as twilit, to concisely evocative sf like "Jagannath" (Summer 2011 Weird ...

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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