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The relationship of mythology to sf is close and deep, but not always obvious. Part of the confusion stems from the widely held belief that sf is itself a form of latter-day mythology, fulfilling comparable hungers in us. James Blish took issue with this argument, pointing out that myth is usually "static and final in intent and thus entirely contrary to the spirit of sf, which assumes continuous change". We restrict ourselves below to the role of traditional mythologies in sf and to the ...

Stross, Charles

(1964-    ) UK author of science fiction and fantasy, a former journalist on other subjects; he has published work in computer and Role Playing Game magazines. He began publishing work of genre interest with "In Search of a Fergussen Event" in the British Science Fiction Association's Focus for August 1985, though his first professional publication was not until "The Boys" (Winter 1987 Interzone). He continued publishing throughout the 1980s and 1990s, occasionally in ...

Green Eggs and Ham

US animated online tv series (2019). Netflix. Distantly based on the book by Dr Seuss. Created by Jared Stern. Directed by Lawrence Gong and Piero Piluso. Written by Vanessa McGee, Mark Rizzo, Jared Stern and John Whittington. Voice cast includes Dee Bradley Baker, Jillian Bell, Adam DeVine, Michael Douglas, Ilana Glazer, Eddie Izzard, Keegan-Michael Key, Diane Keaton and Jeffrey Wright. Thirteen 26-minute episodes. Colour. / Owing to a mix-up involving suitcases, dour failed inventor ...

Van Pelt, James

(1954-    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "No Small Change" in After Hours for January 1991; his short fiction moves smoothly from supernatural horror and Horror in SF through to sf proper, and frequently illuminates his teaching life through a wide application of generic lenses. In "Nor Lender Be" (February 1999 Analog), one of his more powerful (and prescient) tales, a teacher allows a corporation to implant devices (see ...

Wise, Susannah

(?   -    ) UK actor and author, active in the former capacity from the late 1990s. Her first novel, This Fragile Earth (2021), was inspired, according to Wise, by the death of her father the film director Herbert Wise (1924-2015). In Near Future London living conditions continue to worsen as planetary crises (see Climate Change) proliferate; the protagonist and her young son flee to the country, but no Cosy Catastrophe solace attends this hegira. [JC]

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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