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Chaviano, Daína

(1957-    ) Daína Chaviano is one of the most relevant Cuban authors today. Her career as a writer begun in sf and fantasy, but after moving to Miami in 1991 she became mostly a mainstream writer. However, she has never abandoned her commitment to fantasy, and has re-edited all her sf works outside of Cuba. / In 1979, Chaviano became the first author to win the sf edition of the prestigious David Award for new writers with the collection ...

Bond, Edward

(1934-    ) UK playwright, active from the late 1950s, notable for his excoriations – both in terms of discourse and through the extreme violence of many of his plays – of the British class system, of the Politics that supports it, and (from a Marxist perspective) of the late capitalism that makes its continuance possible; it may not be adventitious that his first West End premiere came only half a century after his produced play. ...

Golding, Morton J

(1925-2015) US author who also wrote as by Stephanie Lloyd, Jay Martin and Patricia Morton; he is of sf interest for Night Mare (1970), whose scientist protagonist Michael Erasmus, deeply involved in his search for a unified field theory (see Physics), finds himself penetrating what may be an Equipoisal fantasy-inflected Parallel World, where he feels his ...

Dangerous Visions

Original Anthology series edited by Harlan Ellison. Dangerous Visions (anth 1967), whose success inspired its successors, was a massive and influential anthology of 33 stories and copious prefatory material; it became strongly identified with the New Wave in the USA. Among its stories, "Aye, and Gomorrah ..." by Samuel R Delany, "Gonna Roll ...

Smith, Cordwainer

The most famous pseudonym of Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (1913-1966), US author, political scientist, academic, military adviser in Korea and Malaya (though not Vietnam). A polyglot, he spent much of his early life before 1931 in Europe, Japan and China, his father, Paul Myron Wentworth Linebarger (1871-1939), being a peripatetic sinologist, author, and propagandist for Sun Yat-sen. His interest in China was profound – he had studied there, and edited his father's ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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