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Lang, Gregor

Pseudonym of US industrial colour consultant and author Faber Birren (1900-1988), prolific as a theorist in the printing and the art of colour from 1934 under his own name; his one work of some sf interest, Terra: An Allegory (1953), places symbolic characters and events in a vague Near Future context, where they contend for the soul of humanity. [JC]

Sim, Dave

(1958-    ) Canadian artist and author, creator of Cerebus the Aardvark, the abrasive and perverse eponymous star of a satirical Comic book originally intended as a pastiche of Robert E Howard's Conan the Barbarian, and which has lampooned a number of the leading characters of the Heroic-Fantasy and comics genres. The comic book features several Parody characters including Elrod of Melvinbone (spoofing Michael Moorcock's Elric), Bran Mak Mufin (Howard's Bran Mak Morn) and ...

Calisher, Hortense

(1911-2009) US author of several Mainstream novels set mostly on the US East Coast and in New York itself, which she rendered with Gothic intensity. After an sf allegory, "In the Absence of Angels" (21 April 1951 The New Yorker), which associates the military occupation of the USA with a poet's own imprisonment, and the very well-known horror story "Heartburn" (January 1951 The American Mercury), came her sf novel Journal from Ellipsia (1965), which depicts a somewhat metaphysical Alternate ...

Howes, Margaret

(1927-2008) US sf fan and author of The Wrong World (2000), in which a deracinated young man seeks his father on another planet, which may not be the right world either, and which (see Equipoise) may be a projection. [JC]

Mellon, Mark

(?   -    ) US lawyer and author whose first novel, Escape from Byzantium (2009), is fantasy whose protagonist, Simon Rosencreutz, seems to have nothing to do with Rosicrucianism; Napoleon Concerto: A Novel in Three Movements (2010) is an Alternate History tale in which the Napoleonic Empire and Great Britain are deadlocked after years of War, with neither able to gain an advantage. With the aid of an alternate Robert Fulton (1765-1815), whose Invention of an ...

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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