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Gorer, Geoffrey

(1905-1985) UK anthropologist and author whose speculative studies in the cultural anthropology of the Western world – much influenced by his lifelong friend Margaret Mead (1901-1978) – were famous during his lifetime, and whose Nobody Talks Politics: A Satire With an Appendix on our Political Intelligentsia (1936) is a Satire on UK Politics of the 1930s as seen through the eyes of a young man woken from a ten-year trance (see Sleeper Awakes). Its Epilogue is set in the Near Future. ...

Imperial Gothic

A term used mainly in literary criticism to describe a complex of motifs, venues and paranoia-inducing utterances whose main burden – that the Western world is under deadly attack from outside its borders – is sometimes narrated in nonfantastic terms, sometimes in terms expressive of Fantastika's not always temperate concern with who rules the planet (see also Gothic SF; Secret Masters). Patrick Brantlinger suggests, in his Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, ...

Kettle, Leroy

(1949-    ) UK fan, now-retired civil servant – he received an OBE in 2006 for his work on disability rights – and author. His Fanzines Fouler (six issues 1970-1972, numbered 2 to 7), with Greg Pickersgill, and the witty solo True Rat (ten issues 1973-1978) were central to 1970s London Ratfandom; the best of this fanzine work has been assembled as True Rat: The Beast of Leroy Kettle (2018 ebook). Kettle's professional sf debut was "The Great Plan" in New Writings ...

AC Comics

US publisher of various Comics titles, founded in Florida in 1969 by Bill Black, known originally as Paragon Publications and from 1982 to 1984 as Americomics. While primarily publishing a great deal of 1940s Golden Age comics material in various genres, AC Comics is best known for its female Superhero titles. The most famous of these is Femforce (1985-current), believed to be the first all-female superhero team in US comics. This team's roster changes on a regular basis and includes some ...

Carr, Robert Spencer

(1909-1994) US author, who began publishing work of sf interest as a teenager with "The Composite Brain" for Weird Tales in March 1925; his first novel, The Rampant Age (1928), which is not fantastic, was also precocious. He was the author of one fantasy novel filled with an erotic nostalgia for death, The Room Beyond (1948), and of Beyond Infinity (coll 1951), four warmly realized stories set on Earth in the mid-twentieth century but with sf content. In later years he became heavily involved ...

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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