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Satō Haruo

(1892-1964) Japanese author and poet, very much part of the mainstream literary establishment, remembered in sf terms for an early experiment in Dystopia and fantasies that prefigured those of dedicated genre authors such as Jūza Unno. Satō was only sixteen when his first work was published, a poem in the literary magazine Myōjō. He soon attained celebrity as a poet and occasional critic, and caused a literary stir in 1913 with a public attack on the quality of the Japanese ...

Frazier, Robert

(1951-    ) US editor and author, most active as a poet, whose several published volumes include Peregrine (coll 1978), Perception Barriers (coll 1987), Co-Orbital Moons (coll 1988) and, perhaps most notably, Chronicles of the Mutant Rain Forest (coll 1992 chap) with Bruce Boston and Invisible Machines (coll 1993 chap) with Andrew Joron. He has edited two volumes of sf Poetry, The Rhysling Anthology: Best Science Fiction Poetry of 1982 (anth 1983 chap) (see Rhysling Award) ...

Britton, David

(1945-2020) UK publisher and author, founder with Michael Butterworth of Savoy Books in 1976 in Manchester, whose early list included works by Michael Moorcock, Charles Platt and Jack Trevor Story. With Butterworth, he edited The Savoy Book (anth 1978) and Savoy Dreams (anth 1984), which attempted with some success to demonstrate the anti-establishment ethos of the house, an ethos that brought both Britton and Butterworth into conflict with the UK obscenity laws, Britton himself being jailed ...

Last Wave [magazine]

US Semiprozine published and edited by Scott Edelman, New York; five issues, October 1983 to Winter 1986, first four issues quarterly, letter-size, slim (32 pages). The final issue switched to Digest format, 96 pages. Edelman was inspired to start The Last Wave from a comment he read in an article by Gardner Dozois who said that there were stories going unpublished because they were too bizarre for genre conventions. Edelman bemoaned the retrenching of the market after the New Wave of the late ...

Salinger, Pierre

(1925-2004) US journalist – best known for his stint as John F Kennedy's press secretary from 1961 – briefly US Senator for California in 1964, and author. His very Near Future tale, On Instructions of My Government (1971), describes the consequences of the discovery of a Chinese Communist missile base in South America. [JC]

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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