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Shadwell, Thomas

(circa 1640-1692) UK poet and playwright, Poet Laureate from 1688 until his death. Of his plays – which are now better esteemed than for the centuries after his death – The Tempest, or The Enchanted Island [for subtitle see Checklist below] (performed 1674; 1690 chap) is of some interest, though its attempts to present the fantastic in terms of spectacle now seem lame. Of greater sf interest is The Virtuoso: A Comedy Acted at the Duke's Theatre (first ...

Buiza, Carlos

Working name of Spanish editor, author and screenwriter Carlos Álvarez Buiza de Diego (1940-2024). He belongs to the so-called second generation of Spanish science fiction writers, along with Domingo Santos, Gabriel Bermúdez Castillo, Ángel Torres Quesada, Carlos Saiz Cidoncha, Juan G Atienza (1930-2011), Alfonso ...

MacKay, Donald

(?   -?   ) US author of The Dynamite Ship (1888), a Near Future tale in which the Invention of a new Weapon is used to force the United Kingdom to free Ireland. [JC]

Atomic War! [comic]

US Comic (1952-1953). Four issues. Ace Magazines (Junior Books, Inc.). Artists include Lou Cameron, Jim McLaughlin, Bill Molno and Ken Rice. Three or four comic strips and one (author uncredited) short story per issue. / Upon each cover is printed "only a strong America can prevent Atomic War!"; whilst issue 4 explains, "this book is designed to shock America into vigilance – and to keep the horrors of atomic war from our shores". The first issue's opening ...

McAllister, Bruce

(1946-    ) US academic, editor and author, director of the creative-writing programme at the University of Redlands, California, and Professor of English there from 1983 until his retirement in 1997. He has written at least 140 stories since starting to publish work of genre interest with The Faces Outside (July 1963 If; 2020 ebook), which after many years was assembled, along with a representative sample of his short work, as ...

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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