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Harkaway, Nick

Pseudonym of UK author Nicholas Cornwell (1972-    ) whose first novel, The Gone-Away World (2008), applies toxic gouaches of Equipoise to a Post-Holocaust tale set in a surrealized Alternate World, where resemblances to the "real" world can be seen as diversionary: x or y may differ from consensual reality, and the telling of the tale may dwell on these differences, but the alphabet of the story as a whole describes the Near Future we are entering. The plot is gonzo (and ...

Erisman, Fred

(1937-    ) US academic and author of nonfiction work on American popular fiction, concentrating on the Western and on children's literature, though he has written on sf topics in Extrapolation and elsewhere. He is of sf interest primarily for two studies. Boys' Books, Boys' Dreams, and the Mystique of Flight (2006) (see Airplane Boys; Airship Boys) usefully analyses several sf series, beginning with Harry Lincoln Sayler's Airship Boys sequence from 1909, while placing them ...

Pepper's Adventures in Time

Videogame (1993). Sierra On-Line. Designed by Gano Haine, Jane Jensen, Josh Mandel, Lorelei Shannon. Platforms: DOS, Win. / Pepper's Adventures in Time is a graphical Adventure marketed as edutainment for Young Adults which many older players have also found appealing. Participants alternate between the roles of the eponymous character, a sassy young amateur newsgirl, and her "newshound", Lockjaw. The game begins with Pepper and Lockjaw outside her parents' house, but the player (in the ...

Elias, Albert J

(1920-2007) US author of some detective fiction and of two sf novels, The Bowman Test (1977), about a possible Reincarnation of the Messiah, and The Sonora Mutation (1978). [JC]

Would that It Were

US professional Online Magazine published by Small Potatoes Press, and produced and edited by Don Muchow, Dallas, Texas. 18 quarterly issues, April/June 2000 to October/December 2004, missing only July/September 2004. It paid between 3¢ and 5¢ a word, but it was not until 2010 that Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America recognized its status as a professional market. It was a magazine of historical science fiction, closely allied to Steampunk because its requirements were for ...

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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