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Vonarburg, Élisabeth

(1947-    ) French-born Canadian teacher, editor, critic and author, in Québec from 1973, naturalized 1976. She was fiction editor 1979-1990 and editor 1983-1985 of Solaris; and began publishing sf with "Marée haute" for Requiem in 1978; the tale appeared as "High Tide" in Twenty Houses of the Zodiac (anth 1979) edited by Maxim Jakubowski. Many of her stories (some award-winning) have been assembled as L'Oeil de la nuit ["The Eye of Night"] (coll 1980) and ...

Christie, Agatha

(1890-1976) Prolific and popular UK author of detective fiction whose best-known investigators Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple feature in many novels, stories and Cinema/Television adaptations; Poirot is introduced in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). Christie's very considerable talent for juggling character and motivation amid small and/or isolated circles of suspects did not lend itself to stories of Near Future global revolution, but she nevertheless attempted two. The ...


The history of sf publishing is, in its widest sense, the History of SF itself; this entry, however, is concerned with a much more recent phenomenon, the emergence of Genre SF as an identifiable and distinctive category of publishing, and therefore concentrates on US firms. A great amount of sf was published in the UK 1900-1950, but, although some transplanted US genre sf appeared, until about 1950 most UK firms published sf without any clear generic tagging, whether issued by prestige houses ...

Baerlein, Anthony

(1912-1941) UK author whose sf novel, Daze, the Magician (1936), features crimes committed by the eponymous "magician" through the use of Matter Transmission. As a wartime airman he was killed, officially "in action", in a training flight crash. [JC/MA]

Richards, Justin

(1961-    ) UK author, almost exclusively of Ties for the Doctor Who universe, and of other fiction, some of sf interest, for the Young Adult market. The Doctor Who books begin with Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Theatre of War (1994). Richards is fast and competent. Of his independent work, the Invisible Detective sequence, beginning with The Paranormal Puppet Show (2003; vt Double Life 2004), consists in each case of two stories: one set in the 1930s, where the four young ...

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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