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Attwell, Sydney G

(1882-1975) South African author, resident in New Zealand, whose sf novel Drifting to Destruction (1927) predicts a Near Future Black uprising in his country of origin if its white rulers fail to alter their behaviour (see Race in SF). [JC]

Rosny aîné, J-H

Principal pseudonym of French-speaking Belgian author Joseph-Henri-HonoréBoëx (1856-1940), in the UK 1875-1884, subsequently in France. He initially signed this name simply J-H Rosny, without an indication of seniority ("aîné" meaning "elder"), and shared this form of the pseudonym with his younger brother Justin; some works published as by J-H Rosny during that period, none of them sf, are collaborative. After 1907, when the brothers separated, the name was divided, ...

Kilroy-Silk, Robert

(1942-    ) UK broadcaster, politician (Labour MP 1974-1986) and occasional author, prominent in the first two roles for a volatility, ambition, party-changing episodes, and a growing Euroscepticism; he has often been lampooned in the media. His sf novel, The Ceremony of Innocence: A Novel of 1984 (1983), set in the very Near Future, reflects these tendencies and convictions. [JC]

Bizarre! Mystery Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. Three issues (October and November 1965, January 1966), published by Pamar Enterprises, edited by John Poe. Bizarre! Mystery Magazine had a strong horror/sf element overriding the ostensible mystery content, and included reprint work by Pierre Boulle and new stories by Arthur C Clarke, Avram Davidson, Thomas M Disch, James H Schmitz and John T Sladek – his fiction debut "The Way to a Man's Heart" (January 1966), with Disch. It also contained a long-overlooked ...

Arai Motoko

(1960-    ) Japanese sf and crime author, mainly in the Young Adult market, whose breathless, chatty style was an early harbinger of the Light Novels that dominate modern juvenile publishing in Japan. Aged seventeen, Arai first found fame in a magazine competition judged by the three most prominent sf authors in Japan, when her submission Atashi no Naka no ... ["Inside Me ..."] (February 1978 Kisō Tengai; 1978) was rejected by both Yasutaka Tsutsui and Sakyō ...

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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