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Barlow, Joel

(1754-1812) US diplomat and author, mostly abroad, in France and the UK and elsewhere, from 1788. He is of sf interest for his book-length patriotic poem (see Poetry), The Vision of Columbus (1787; exp vt The Columbiad 1807), the first version of this narrative being a Christian, conservative, nationalistic attempt to create an American Myth of Origin [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Between the publication of the two versions, Barlow became a supporter of the government ...

Falk, Henri

Working name of French author Henri Falque (1881-1937), who wrote some long stories of sf interest, two of them contained in Le Cadre volé ["The Stolen Frame"] (coll 1910), one comprising L'Age de Plomb (circa 1922), both vols trans Brian Stableford as The Age of Lead and Other Fantastic Romances (omni 2010). "L'Etonnante aventure de Sébastien Philipot" (here trans as"The Astonishing Adventure of Sébastien Philipot") from the first collection involves Identity Transfer ...

Cosmic Stories

1. See Amateur Magazine; Jerry Siegel. / 2. US Pulp magazine, three bimonthly issues, March to July 1941, edited by Donald A Wollheim. Cosmic Stories was one of two companion magazines (the other being Stirring Science Stories) started by Wollheim in 1941 and published by Albing Publications, New York, a father-and-son organization, Andrew and Gerald Albert, who had plenty of enthusiasm but no money. It was cheaply produced (lacking full-colour covers) and had a microscopic editorial budget ...

Round Robin

Round-robin stories, in which multiple authors take turns to write sections or chapters of a continuous narrative, generally tend to be games played for the writers' own amusement rather than serious fictional enterprises. Such playful collaborations date back to the nineteenth century. One non-sf instance which had some modest commercial success was the very British mystery novel The Floating Admiral (1931) by "Certain Members of the Detection Club"; there were thirteen contributors, those ...

Nicholas, J T

(?   -    ) US author whose New Lyons sequence beginning with SINthetic (2018) in which "Synths" (which is to say Androids) rebel from the condition of Slavery they have been manufactured for; the series, set primarily in New Orleans, focuses on Cyberpunk-inflected action. In Re-Coil (2020), a singleton Space Opera, a salvager is murdered on a derelict ship, and finds himself reborn into a new "coil" (which is to say Clone body) back on the Space Station where ...

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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