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Carter, Angela

(1940-1992) UK author best known for her work outside the sf field, though all her novels and tales were characterized by an expressionist freedom of reference to everyday "reality" (see Magic Realism) which often emerges as fantasy. She won the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize for her second novel, The Magic Toyshop (1967), and the Somerset Maugham Award for Several Perceptions (1968). Her first tale to engage in a recognizably sf displacement of reality, Heroes and Villains (1969), does so ...

Smale, Alan

(?   -    ) UK-born astronomer and author, in US from 1988, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Breath of Princes" in A Wizard's Dozen: Stories of the Fantastic (anth 1993) edited by Michael Sterns; like much of his early short fiction, it is Fantasy. He is of sf interest primarily for his Panverse Two Alternate History sequence, initially a Shared World enterprise, his first tale being "A Clash of Eagles" in Panverse Two: Five Original ...

Serafini, Luigi

(1949-    ) Italian architect, artist, designer and author who has consistently focused his work, in whatever medium, on imaginary constructs, whether organic entities, buildings, furniture, artworks and Illustrations, or books-as-objects. Of sf interest is the extraordinary Codex Seraphinianus (1981 2vols; more than one varying edition; most significant rev 2013), a heavily illustrated pseudo-encyclopedia of an apparent Alternate World. The Codex is divided into eleven ...

Four-Sided Triangle

Film (1952). Hammer. Directed by Terence Fisher. Written by Paul Tabori, Fisher, based on The Four-Sided Triangle (November 1939 Amazing as "The 4-Sided Triangle"; exp 1949) by William F Temple. Cast includes Stephen Murray, Barbara Payton and John Van Eyssen. 81 minutes, cut to 71 minutes. Black and white. / A scientist builds a Matter-Duplication machine capable of duplicating human beings. He duplicates the woman he loves but who is in love with another man, only to have the duplicate, ...

Douglas, Carole Nelson

(1944-2021) US author who began her career as a feature writer 1967-1984 for the St Paul Pioneer Press, and whose first books, like Amberleigh (1980), were historical romances. She is best known for energetic, layered high-fantasy tales like Six of Swords (1982), the first volume in her Kendric and Irissa sequence, which continues with Exiles of the Rynth (1984) and segues into the Sword & Circlet sequence with Keepers of Edanvant (1987) and its sequels. Her long Midnight Louie detective ...

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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