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White, Hervey

(1866-1944) US utopian thinker and builder, poet and author; in the world of the intentional community, he is significant as the co-founder of two artists' colonies in Woodstock, New York: the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in 1902, and the Maverick colony in 1905. Influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement whose Utopian precepts and practice were shaped by William Morris and others, both continue to exist in some form, Maverick primarily as a significant concert venue. / White's first novels ...

Slipstream SF

A term devised, apparently by Bruce Sterling – in part as a pun on, or echo of, Mainstream – to designate stories which make use of sf devices but which are not Genre SF. The image is either nautical or aeronautical: a ship or an airplane (either of which stands for genre sf) can create a slipstream which may be strong enough to give non-paying passengers (Paul Theroux, say) a ride. As a description of commercial piggybacking, the term seems apt; however, when used to designate the ...

Dung Kai-Cheung

(1967-    ) Chinese author, and sometime university lecturer, who studied comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong, writing his M Phil dissertation on Marcel Proust. Strongly influenced by the Oulipo movement, Dung's work is thick with Fabulation, including evolutionary histories of non-existent species, descriptions of fantastic cities, and Equipoisal recursions. / A native of a Hong Kong that has been variously a Cantonese backwater, British colony, ...

Apollonius of Rhodes

(early 3rd century BCE-late 3rd century BCE) Greek author, his name also given as Apollonius Rhodius; known primarily for the Argonautica (mid 3rd century BCE), which recounts more fully and capably than any other source the Fantastic Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, from the mainland to various Islands in the Greek Archipelago and onward, in their quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece from Colchis on the Black Sea. The erotic intensity of the relationship between Jason and Medea is as central ...

Rishi, Farah Naz

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, I Hope You Get This Message (2019), reinvokes, with some twists, the traditional Young Adult scenario where a young protagonist (or in this case three friends) must somehow persuade a galactic council of homo sapiens's virtues; species extirpation will be the cost of failure. The message NASA receives from the Interplanetary Affairs Committee representing the Alien civilization of Alma is that one week remains before ...

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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