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Mattotti, Lorenzo

(1954-    ) Italian Comic-strip artist whose work combines Futurist and Vorticist forms with Expressionist colour. Born in Brescia, he studied architecture before turning to comics in the late 1970s, with José Munoz (1942-    ) as his mentor. With other like-minded young artists, he formed the Valvoline group to "explore the frontiers of progressive fumetti [comic strips]". His first success came with Il Signor Spartaco ["Mr Spartaco"] (graph ...

Eidson, William B

(?   -    ) US author of The Blue Helix (1999), a Near Future tale in which the fatal illness of his wife inspires the protagonist's Invention of an Immortality Drug which also confers super powers. [JC]

Fawkes, Frank Attfield

(1849-1941) UK industrialist and author, mostly of nonfiction, whose one sf novel, Marmaduke, Emperor of Europe: Being a Record of Some Strange Adventures in the Remarkable Career of a Political and Social Reformer Who Was Famous at the Commencement of the Twentieth Century (1895) as by X, is a Future War tale dominated by intrigues surrounding the complex triumph of a British reformer known as Marmaduke who proposes a European state, and after his (faked) death effectively becomes its ruler. ...

Fraser, Joseph

(?   -?   ) Australian phrenologist and author of Melbourne and Mars – My Mysterious Life on Two Planets. Extracts from the Diary of a Melbourne Merchant (1889), a Utopia set on Mars. [JC]

Leeson, Robert

(1928-2013) UK editor and author, active from the mid-1940s, who began publishing his books for children, in which he has since specialized, with Beyond the Dragon Prow (1973), an historical romance. Of sf interest is the Time Rope sequence – Time Rope (1986), Three Against the World (1986), The Metro Gangs Attack (1986) and At War with Tomorrow (1986) – in which a sharp social awareness of the contemporary world is focused through a Time-Travel plot with ample conflicts; and the ...

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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