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Budrys, Algis

Working name of author and editor Algirdas Jonas Budrys (1931-2008). He was born in East Prussia (now Russia); when his parents were exiled, he was taken with them to the US in 1936, where he remained. This experience of dislodgement and exile clearly shaped much of his fiction. He began publishing sf in 1952 with two more or less simultaneous releases, "The High Purpose" (November 1952 Astounding) and "Walk to the World" (November 1952 Space Science Fiction), and very rapidly gained a ...

Wilcox, Ronald

(?   -    ) Author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Centre of the Wheel (1981). [DRL]

Cannon, Peter

(1951-    ) US author, critic, and book reviews editor of Publishers Weekly, chiefly known for his work on H P Lovecraft and his circle; he wrote his undergraduate thesis on Lovecraft at Stanford and his MA thesis, "Lovecraft's New England", at Brown University (1974). He began publishing work of genre interest with "You Have Been in Providence, I Perceive" (March 1978 Nyctalops) and "H.P. Lovecraft in Hawthornian Perspective" in H.P. Lovecraft: Four Decades of Criticism ...

Coggins, Jack

(1911-2006) US illustrator of many subjects. Born in London of UK parents, he moved with his family as a child to Long Island. In due course he attended the Grand Central School of Art and the Art Students League, both in New York. During World War Two he was a war artist for Life magazine and others including Yank, The Army Weekly; from this was born the first of several collaborations with Fletcher Pratt, Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy (graph 1941). He illustrated and cowrote with Pratt ...

Seiun Award

["Nebula Award"] The name for a set of genre prizes voted on by members of the annual Japanese Science Fiction Convention. These Awards take their name from the short-lived Seiun ["Nebula"], a single-issue magazine published by Tetsu Yano in 1954, and acknowledged as Japan's first. Despite the titular resemblance to the Nebula awards given by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the convention-going fan-centred voting process and footprint of the Seiun Awards is more similar to that ...

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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