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Pronzini, Bill

Working name of US author William John Pronzini (1943-    ), prolific and admired in several genres, notably crime fiction, since his first book, The Stalker (1971). Though he has published some very effective Horror, including Masques: A Novel of Terror (1981), and several other novels – including Night Screams (1979) and Prose Bowl (1980), both with Barry N Malzberg, the former featuring ESP and the latter being outright sf – as well as Beyond the Grave (1986) ...

Sandes, John

(1863-1938) Irish-born journalist and author, in Australia from 1887, noted for a determinedly patriotic, Christian form of Australian nationalism; he also wrote as by Don Delaney. His first novel, Love and the Aeroplane: A Tale of Tomorrow (1910), is set in a distant Near Future Australia transformed by advances in Transportation, with monorails and other innovations. The story itself is a somewhat congested romance, built around the treatment of horses as pests whose extermination the ...

Science Fiction Series

A series of eighteen pamphlets published between 1929 and 1932 by Hugo Gernsback's Stellar Publishing Corporation, and seemingly edited by him. The pamphlets were either 24 or 28 pages long, and were published without cover illustrations, though early ads do show illustrated covers for the first twelve, which were in the event internally illustrated (#1-#6 by Frank R Paul). Most volumes contained a single novelette, like Jack Williamson and Miles J Breuer's The Girl from Mars (1929 chap), or ...

Technofantasy

Item of Terminology introduced in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy to denote narratives whose essentially Fantasy nature is more or less disguised by trappings of Technology, though usually with no serious attempt to add scientific or pseudoscientific justification. Even Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's sf classic Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) is arguably technofantasy, offering only the vaguest references to the arcane powers of electricity as rationale for a story based ...

Swirsky, Rachel

(1982-    ) US editor, poet and author, focusing in the latter capacity solely on work in shorter forms; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Scene from a Dystopia" in Subterranean #4 (2006). By 2013 she had already released nearly fifty stories, almost all of them bristling with transgressive "violations" of the genre purities of the previous century; her work represents a strenuous and at times stringent argument for the central role of Fantastika (see also ...

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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