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Chalker, Jack L

(1944-2005) US author and editor, though now very much better known for his fiction. He was active as a fan from an early age, and producer of a successful Fanzine, Mirage. As editor, he founded and edited the Mirage Press, which specialized in sf scholarship. His own work in that area began with The New H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography (1962 chap; rev vt The Revised H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography 1973 chap with Mark Owings) and In Memoriam: Clark Ashton Smith (anth 1963 chap), continuing with some ...

Pollock, Tom

(1984-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Two Hands at Heartbreak House" in Pantechnicon for December 2007. His Skyscraper Throne sequence beginning with The City's Son (2012), though technically Urban Fantasy in the commercial twenty-first century sense, focuses less on supernatural or paranormal entrepreneurs like Vampires or Werewolves than on a vision of London conceived of part Edifice, part Underground hall of mirrors malignly reflecting ...

Hansberry, Lorraine

(1930-1965) US playwright best known for her nonfantastic drama A Raisin in the Sun (performed 1959; 1959). She is of sf interest for "What Use Are Flowers?", assembled in Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays of Lorraine Hansberry (coll 1972). Set in a desolate landscape probably subsequent to World War Three, the play focuses on a small rabble of children, who in a feral state – like those in William Golding's Lord of the Flies (1954) – express their naked human nature through ...

Lang, Andrew

(1844-1912) Scottish anthropologist and man of letters well known for a wide range of literary activity, including novels, poetry, belles-lettres, children's books and (perhaps most familiar to current readers) Anthologies of traditional fables and tales retold for children, with some added hagiographical and historical material, much of the work being done by his wife; numerous volumes followed the first of these, The Blue Fairy Book (anth 1889). As an anthropologist, he presciently debunked ...

Roberts, J W

(1824-1900) US newspaper publisher and author of Looking Within: The Misleading Tendencies of "Looking Backward" Made Manifest (1893), a Dystopia designed as its subtitle indicates to rebut Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward 2000-1888 (1888). The rich young protagonist, with the aid of a scientist whose potion puts him into Suspended Animation for a several decades, awakening to find America riven by War between what seem to be tanks; with his fiancée he goes back to sleep, awaking in ...

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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