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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Tanner, Charles R

(1896-1974) US clerk, salesman and author best known for his series featuring Tumithak, which began with "Tumithak of the Corridors" (January 1932 Amazing). Set in the fifty-third century, two millennia after Earth has been invaded by the shelks from Venus and mankind has been driven underground into a maze of deep tunnels. In that period humans have forgotten most of their previous advanced science. Tumithak, a young man, determines ...

Space Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, Spring and August 1957, published by the Republic Features Syndicate; edited by Lyle Kenyon Engel, with much editorial work, uncredited, by Michael Avallone. Despite featuring such names as Arthur C Clarke, Raymond F Jones, Mack Reynolds and Jack ...

Bannister, Andrew

(1965-    ) UK author whose Spin trilogy beginning with Creation Machine (2016) is primarily set, at least initially, in the eponymous Macrostructure, a constructed ensemble of something like ninety planets revolving around twenty-one suns (see Stars), a vast complex assembled (and in a sense manufactured) by what may be a Forerunner civilization. The ...

Payne, Robert

(1911-1983) UK-born author, much travelled, who spent most of his later years in America, and who specialized in biography. Exceedingly prolific under a variety of names – including Richard Cargoe, John Anthony Devon, Howard Horne and Valentin Tikhonov – he wrote little fantasy or sf. The War in the Marshes (1938) as by Robert Young is an allegorical adventure rather in the mode of Rex Warner, in which a very ...

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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