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Koch, Eric

(1919-2018) German-born author and television producer, in UK from 1935, in Canada from 1940, several of whose novels are of some sf interest. In The French Kiss: A Tongue in Cheek Political Fantasy (1969), set in a Near-Future Canada threatened – as usual – by separatism, a Reincarnated colleague of Napoleon muses on de Gaulle's similarity to the long-dead Emperor. The Leisure Riots: A Comic Novel (1973) suggests Satirically that, in 1980, the enforced leisure of the executive ...

D'Ignazio, Fred

Working name of US children's author Silvio Frederick D'Ignazio (1949-    ), most of whose work is moderately distant from any sf or fantastic interest (except tales for younger children), with the exception of some titles in the Chip Mitchell Computer-whizz-kid sequence, Chip Mitchell: The Case of the Stolen Computer Brains (1982) and Chip Mitchell: The Case of the Robot Warriors (1984); Escape from Robotropolis (1988) is a Tied to a computer game. [JC]

Modernism in SF

The advent of Modernism as a literary movement went unremarked at the time, and when that time was remains a matter of debate; for a discussion of the dating and significance of Modernism in Latin America, see that entry. Certainly a break with the realistic fiction of the Victorian era, analytical in manner and unitary in form, was evident by the 1890s in, for example, the middle work of Henry James (1843-1916) and August Strindberg (1849-1912) and in the prose and poetry of Stephen Crane ...


A term which recognizes the renewed interest in Pulp fiction magazines and characters long after the pulp era had finished. To some extent one might argue that this began even before the end of the pulps. The last sf pulp magazine, Science Fiction Quarterly appeared at the end of 1957 (issue dated February 1958), and it had been clear for the last three or four years that the pulps were a dying breed, being superseded by the Digest magazines and pocketbooks. Even so, Raymond A Palmer defied the ...

C, H F

Pseudonym of an unidentified UK writer (?   -?   ) whose Near Future sf novel, Sir John Toughbo, M P; or, the Registered Life-Pass (1903 chap), argumentatively visualizes a 1919 world distorted by labour unrest. [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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