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Riou, Édouard

(1833-1900) French artist and illustrator, a student of Gustave Doré; he is best known for illustrating several early instalments of Jules Verne's Voyages Extraordinaires sequence, beginning with Five Weeks in a Balloon (1865). His style, with its emphasis on outdoor scenes featuring heavily foregrounded Monsters and other creatures, stands in some contrast to the more intricate work of his main successor, Léon Benett. [JC]

Hale, Michael

(1949-    ) UK-born author whose family emigrated to Canada when he was seven; now in the USA. Of his various novels, The Other Child (1986) is of sf interest for its description of the Upload of a dead child's mind or soul into a Computer environment which is already occupied – the tale is also obedient to the rules of Horror – by a murderous sentience, the similarly reincarnated AI mentality of a serial killer. A Fold in the Tent of the Sky (1998) features a ...

Tucker, Mike

(?   -    ) UK special effects designer and author, active in the former capacity from around 1980, much of his work being for the BBC, including special effects for Red Dwarf and Doctor Who. He is of sf interest for various novels set in the Doctor Who universe, beginning with contributions to the Doctor Who Past Doctors subseries beginning with Doctor Who: Illegal Alien (1997) with Robert Perry (his writing partner for this subseries). Tucker's solo ...

Burns, Alan

(1929-2013) UK lawyer, academic and author, long resident in the USA; in the UK again after about 1980. Some of his Fabulations at novel length, such as Europe After the Rain (1965), Celebrations (1967), Babel (1969) and Dreamerika!: A Surrealist Fantasy (1972), utilize sf instruments to grapple with a surreal vision of a modern world toppling jaggedly into chaos. His techniques on occasion resemble those adopted by J G Ballard during the 1960s. / With Charles Sugnet he co-edited The ...

Lister, Stephen

Pseudonym of UK author Digby George Gerahty (1898-1981), who usually wrote as by Robert Standish; as Lister, he wrote one tale of sf interest, Hail Bolonia! (1948), a Satire on the possibility of genuine Utopian change: in the imaginary country of Bolonia, social and Ecological problems, including Overpopulation, are dealt with promptly; newspapers are truthful; old men retire willingly before they are pushed. [JC]

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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