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Hansberry, Lorraine

(1930-1965) US playwright best known for her nonfantastic drama A Raisin in the Sun (performed 1959; 1959). She is of sf interest for "What Use Are Flowers?", assembled in Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays of Lorraine Hansberry (coll 1972). Set in a desolate landscape probably subsequent to World War Three, the play focuses on a small rabble of children, who in a feral state – like those in William Golding's Lord of the Flies (1954) – express their naked human nature through ...

Heywood, Victor D

(?   -    ) US author of an unremarkable Space Opera adventure, Prison Planet (1974; vt Alpha Star 1980), which is a Young Adult tale whose young protagonist earns his spurs in space. [JC]

Alam, Rumaan

(circa 1977-    ) US journalist and author whose third novel, Leave the World Behind (2020), comprises an acute analysis of racial/cultural stresses (see Race in SF) in the north-east corridor of America, after a very Near Future Disaster where New York is blacked out, leading the various protagonists of the tale to anticipate something like the End of the World, or to realize it is already under way. The central venue of the tale is a luxurious house on Long Island occupied ...

Chalker, Jack L

(1944-2005) US author and editor, though now very much better known for his fiction. He was active as a fan from an early age, and producer of a successful Fanzine, Mirage. As editor, he founded and edited the Mirage Press, which specialized in sf scholarship. His own work in that area began with The New H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography (1962 chap; rev vt The Revised H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography 1973 chap with Mark Owings) and In Memoriam: Clark Ashton Smith (anth 1963 chap), continuing with some ...

Tilson, Jake

(1958-    ) UK artist, graphic designer and author whose early work reflects various influences, including punk rock and underground Comics, perhaps primarily 2000 AD. Some of the graphic artists and painters who contributed to and/or influenced New Worlds in the 1960s may as well helped inspire Tilson's use of sf narrative motifs and image clusters in the creation of his "xerox books". They include R B Kitaj (1932-2007), himself influenced by Robert Rauschenberg ...

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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