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Farjeon, J Jefferson

(1883-1955) UK author, son of B L Farjeon (1838-1903) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and younger brother of Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], prolific (often as Anthony Swift) in the detective genre and as a playwright. The Ruritanian Mountain Mystery (1935) depicts the small country of Weldheim, which loses itself to history after World War One, becoming a kind of Lost World. In the frame story of Death of a World (1948), ...

Lovisi, Gary

(1952-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Why Do These Things Always Happen to Me?" for Heart of Dixie Comics in 1983, an sf Satire expanded into The Saga of Filster Stein (fixup 1988 chap). He has mostly written horror, though material from The Gargoyle (coll 1988 chap) was expanded into The Gargoyle (fixup 2000), set in the Far Future where an investigator risks the thrills of Time Abyss in his attempts to plumb the nature of the eponymous ...

Robinson, W Heath

(1872-1944) UK artist, illustrator and author, brother of the book illustrator Charles Robinson (1870-1937). From 1897 he produced many finely composed, meticulously inked drawings and decorations for illustrated editions of fantasy by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Miguel Cervantes (1547-1616), Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), Edgar Allan Poe, François Rabelais, Walter de la Mare (1873-1956), William Shakespeare and others; this wholly serious work showed the influence of both ...

Blanchard, H Percy

(1862-1939) Canadian lawyer and author whose Sleeper Awakes novel, After the Cataclysm: A Romance of the Age to Come (1909), is a Utopia flavoured by the work of William Morris; a young man who awakens into 1934 to find that the Great War which began in 1914, after Russia invaded a Zionist Palestine, had been almost instantly terminated by the passage of an Asteroid which – as in H G Wells's In the Days of the Comet (1906) – transforms the planet and its inhabitants. A mild-mannered ...

Albion

Videogame (1995). Blue Byte Software. Platforms: DOS. / Albion is a Computer Role Playing Game which uses both two-dimensional overhead and three-dimensional first person views, developed by the same German team who produced the noted fantasy CRPG Amberstar (1992 Thalion Software, Amiga, AtariST, DOS). The game begins on board the Toronto, a factory starship sent to mine valuable resources from a newly discovered barren world. However, the main player character, Tom Driscoll, soon discovers ...

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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