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Brown, Christopher

(1964-    ) US lawyer and author who published his earlier fiction as by Chris Nakashima-Brown, beginning to release work of genre interest (under that name) with "The Launch Pad" in Argosy for January-February 2004. "Suburbia Deserta" (June 2005 RevolutionSF), his first sale, has a protagonist constructing a diorama in his basement, "a speculative rendering of the post-apocalyptic landscape of the city". The tale contains, fully-formed and in miniature, all the major ...

Brydges, Harold

Working name of UK author James Howard Bridge (1856-1939), in USA from early manhood, whose A Fortnight in Heaven: An Unconventional Romance (1886) conflates sf and the occult in a manner common to much late nineteenth-century work. Able to send his spirit through Time and space, Captain Grizzle visits the planet Jupiter a century hence, finding the civilization there to be an expanded version of life on Earth, with Airships and other evidences of advanced Technology; but the society as a ...

Thomson, James

Working name of Scottish poet and author James Thompson (1834-1882), best known for "The City of Dreadful Night" (1874 National Reformer as Bysshe Vanolis; 1975 chap), a long narrative poem whose rendering of an apocalyptic City very much like London contains a profusion of images and tropes that prefigure Steampunk and Urban Fantasy (see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below). This city is presided over by the brooding, fantastical figure of Melancholy as portrayed in Albrecht ...

Živković, Zoran

(1948-    ) Serbian publisher, researcher, translator and author; his 1982 doctoral dissertation for Belgrade University, "The Appearance of Science Fiction as a Genre of Artistic Prose", was published in his Savremenici budućnosti ["Contemporaries of the Future"] (anth 1983), along with some of the stories he discusses. He has translated more than seventy sf books and published more than 200 books under his Polaris imprint, the first privately owned sf publishing house ...

Payn, James

(1830-1898) UK author and editor whose 100+ books cover a wide variety of genres, his sf being comparatively inconspicuous. The Cruise of the Anti-Torpedo (1871 chap) anonymous is a typical Future-War tale, one of many written in direct response to George T Chesney's The Battle of Dorking (May 1871 Blackwood's Magazine; 1871 chap) (see Battle of Dorking), in this case featuring a new Weapon which turns the tide against the Germans (see Battle of Dorking). Along with the comic "The Fatal ...

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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