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Fuentes, Carlos

(1928-2012) Mexican diplomat and author whose acerbic Magic Realism – a more worldly version of that idiom than found in the works of his coeval, Gabriel García Márquez (1928-2014) – featured in stories and novels from the 1950s on. From his first collection of short stories – Los días enmascarados ["The Masked Days"] (coll 1954; part trans Margaret Sayers Peden as ...

Taylor, Jeri

(1938-    ) US Television scriptwriter and author, best known as a significant contributor to the Star Trek universe, most notably for the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) series. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification (1991) is a ...

Future Orbits

US professional E-Zine, an Online Magazine only available by subscription and emailed to the subscriber. It was produced by Tom Vander Neut of Hatboro Pennsylvania. It ran for five bimonthly issues from October/November 2001 to June/July 2002. A valiant attempt to produce an online magazine that paid full professional rates and tried to charge subscribers for issues. It did not succeed, but the five issues were still of acceptable ...

Barth, John

(1930-    ) US author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism; he is probably best known for his epic mock-picaresque The Sot-Weed Factor (1960; rev 1967) which, though not literally fantastic, hovers at the edge of the impossible whenever its protagonist's "tutor" Henry Burlingame – a secretive, sometimes invisible, ...

Walker, Paul

(1942-2007) US critic and author in whose sf novel, Who Killed Utopia (1980), the first murder to have taken place for a century brings suspicion upon the poet/Computer at the heart of things. Walker contributed book reviews to Galaxy in 1978, and in the same year published a collection of thirty-one sometimes very informative postal interviews, Speaking of Science Fiction: The Paul Walker Interviews (coll ...

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 ...



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