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Miller, Derek B

(1970-    ) US academic and author, resident in various countries, whose first three novels, beginning with Norwegian Night (trans from English manuscript 2010), first published in Norway, are crime thrillers. His fourth novel, Radio Life (2021), is set in a moderately distant Near Future America dominated by a conflict between the Commonwealth – which is devoted to the recovery of relics of the Gone World, a ...

Todorov, Tzvetan

(1939-2017) Bulgarian literary critic, in France from 1963; he pursued his postgraduate studies in Paris under the direction of the semiotic philosopher Roland Barthes (1915-1980). Among Todorov's several books and essays on structuralist criticism, all written in French, Introduction à la littérature fantastique (1970; trans Richard Howard as The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to Literary Genre 1973; US paperback 1975 with intro by Robert ...

Webster, F A M

(1886-1949) UK soldier, athletics coach and author, in active service during World War One, who also published as by Michael Annesley; much of his work related to athletics, his best known book in this area being perhaps the nonfiction Athletes in Action (1931). His first novel, The Hound of Cullen (1918), is a mythical fantasy featuring Cuchulhain. His fiction more than once concentrated on mysteriously sapient species (see ...

Aguirre, Forrest

(1969-    ) US editor and author who has been associated with Jeff VanderMeer in the Leviathan anthologies of fantastic literature, specifically co-editing Leviathan 3 (anth 2002) and editing solo Leviathan 4 (anth 2004). His first fiction of genre interest was "The Nut Lady's Cabin" for The Earwig Flesh Factory in 2000; and his work, mostly ornately argued Fabulation ...

Sieveking, Lance

Working name of UK poet, radio and television producer and author Lancelot de Giberne Sieveking (1896-1972) for his later work, though his first books were signed with his full name, or with Lancelot reduced to L, or as Capt L de G Sieveking (he reached the rank of Captain during active service in the Royal Naval Air Service through most of World War One). He was with the BBC 1925-1956, producing at least 200 plays for Radio by 1938, ...

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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