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Vidal, Gore

(1925-2012) US author, from the 1950s until 2003 resident in Italy, of specific interest in the context of this encyclopedia for a surprising range of works of the fantastic, though his cavalier intimacy with his material makes it hard to think of him as a Mainstream Writer of SF; he is also of interest for several volumes of essays, beginning with Rocking the Boat (coll 1962) and assembled with new material as United States: Essays 1952-1992 (coll 1993), which contains essays on a large number ...

Gregory, Daryl

(1965-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "In the Wheels" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for August 1990; most of his work is fantasy, though Raising Stony Mayhall (2011), a Zombie novel set in a cartoonishly but closely realized Near Future America, ambitiously and successfully treats the protagonist's life story in sf terms. Perhaps even more ambitious, and certainly more pyrotechnical than its calmly-told predecessor, ...

Fisher, Vardis

(1895-1968) US author, raised in a Mormon family; his best-known single novel, Children of God (1939), is about the Mormons. His Testament of Man sequence covers the whole of human history, extending into many volumes the basic strategy which shapes several novels by F Britten Austin, the six volumes of Johannes V Jensen's The Long Journey (1922-1924) and other early-twentieth-century celebrations of the drama of Evolution. Of sf interest in the Testament are the first five titles, which are ...

Jeter, K W

(1950-    ) US author of importance as an author of horror novels, the highly charged claustrophobia of his style fitting the essential affect of that genre rather better than it does sf. His early work, generally conceived in sf terms, gives off an air of hectic congestion which sometimes interferes with the presentation of ideas, with the cognitively unencumbered articulation of some barrier through which the story (and its protagonists) penetrate; for him, as for most ...

Tearne, Roma

(1954-    ) Sri Lankan-born painter and author, in UK from 1964; most of her fiction is nonfantastic, her first two novels, Mosquito (2007) and Bone China (2008) in particular focusing on the land of her birth. The sense of loss and irretrievable distance that mark these tales also governs, from a different line of sight, her sf novel The White City (2017), set in a Near Future London where, decades after Climate Change has fixed the UK into an anomalous ice age, the snow ...

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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