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Janin, Jules

(1804-1874) French author, active from the 1820s, who first came to prominence for L'Âne mort et la Femme guillotinée (1829; trans Terry Hale as The Dead Donkey and the Guillotined Woman 1993), a very early example of what would become known as the conte cruel [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In its counterintuitive lightheartedness – the plot of the tale is grim – it prefigures the short stories, some of them almost readable as hoaxes, assembled as ...

Kirkham, Nellie

(1897-1979) Birth name, used for all her writing, of the UK author whose married name from 1928 was Mrs James H D Myatt. Her sf novel, Unrest of Their Time (1938), utilizes the Time theories of J W Dunne – specifically his argument that time can be comprehended as a palimpsest of closely compressed spirals, and that different periods can be accessed by crossing over to an earlier or strand (see Timeslip) – in order to place a single protagonist in various eras. In the original ...

Elliott, William J

(1886-circa 1947) UK author moderately active between the Wars as an author of magazine stories under various names, including W E, W J E, E L Lowitt and L T J Wilte; his two novels of some sf interest are The Silver Panther (1931) and To-Morrow's Spectacles: A Romance (1946), which involves a Time Viewer. [JC]

Infinite Matrix, The

US professional cumulative Online Magazine which posted material daily but was archived monthly. It was published by Eileen Gunn and ran, after what could have been its only issue in August 2001, from November 2001 to January 2006, with three additional issues in April 2006, January 2007 and July 2008. Along with Sci Fiction and Strange Horizons, both of which had been running for about a year, The Infinite Matrix became one of the three leading online magazines at the start of the new ...

Anderson, Michael

(1920-2018) UK-born film director, in Canada from 1981, whose career in Cinema began in 1936 as an office boy at the Elstree studios; his first great success, and perhaps his best known movie, was the World War Two adventure The Dam Busters (1955). Productions of genre interest include Vice Versa (1948), directed by Peter Ustinov (1921-2004) with Anderson as assistant director, which is based on the Identity-Exchange comedy Vice Versâ, or A Lesson to Fathers (1882; rev 1883) by F Anstey; ...

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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