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Holm, Sven

(1940-2019) Danish author who worked in various modes, from realism to Kafka-inspired modernism. His one sf work, Termush, Atlanterhavskysten (1967; trans Sylvia Clayton as Termush 1969), tells of the Post-Holocaust psychological problems encountered by a group of rich survivors dwelling in their luxury shelter after a nuclear World War Three. While bona fide sf, Termush is also a parable of the alienation of modern, materialistic Man. [ND/JC]

Cannan, Gilbert

(1884-1955) UK translator, poet and author whose career was truncated by insanity. His first novel, Peter Homunculus (1909), is a hyperventilated tale of sexual and cultural entrapment, not fantastic. Of his subsequent wide-spread output before he was institutionalized in 1924, Windmills: A Book of Fables (coll of linked stories 1915) is of sf interest, its four long tales all dealing with the inconsistently allegorical Fatland: in two of them, a floating Island halts a foolish war between ...

Lottman, Eileen

(1927-2013) US author whose sf work has been restricted to Ties, mainly for the The Bionic Woman (1976-1978) television series: The Bionic Woman: Welcome Home, Jaime (1976; vt The Bionic Woman: Double Identity 1976 UK as by Maud Willis) and The Bionic Woman: Extracurricular Activities (1977; vt The Bionic Woman: A Question of Life 1977 UK as by Maud Willis). Singleton Ties include The Devil's Rain (1975) as by Willis and Through the Looking Glass (1976) as by Molly Flute. [JC]

Healy, Raymond J

(1907-1997) US editor who, in collaboration with J Francis McComas, compiled the 35-story, thousand-page Adventures in Time and Space: An Anthology of Modern Science-Fiction Stories (anth 1946; cut 1952; differently cut 1953; cut vt Selections from Adventures in Time and Space 1954; recut vt More Adventures in Time and Space: Selections from Adventures in Time and Space 1955; text restored, vt Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space 1957), which remains a definitive ...

McMullen, Sean

(1948-    ) Australian author whose first professional sf sale was "The Pharaoh's Airship" for Omega Science Digest in July/August 1986. The best of his craftsmanlike stories, several of them involving Time Travel, appear in Call to the Edge (coll 1992), a notable example being "The Colours of the Masters" (March 1988 F&SF), in which a nineteenth-century device, the clockwork "pianospectrum", is discovered to have recorded the playing of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. ...

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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