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Sturgeon, Theodore

(1918-1985) Working name of US author born Edward Hamilton Waldo in New York City, later adopting his stepfather's surname and taking on a new first name; Argyll (1993 chap) prints a long anguished letter Sturgeon wrote to his stepfather, plus an autobiographical essay from 1965, both of which more than confirm the hints of emotional turmoil implied by these name changes; partner of Jayne Tannehill 1976-1985. Certainly Sturgeon early suffered or entered into several exiles: illness cut him off ...

Varoufakis, Yanis

(1961-    ) Greek economist, politician and professor, holder of an Australian passport from 2000, formerly the Greek Minister of Finance and co-author of the polemic A Modest Proposal for Resolving the Euro Crisis (2010) – see Jonathan Swift. As an academic, he acquired postgraduate degrees in mathematical statistics and economics at British universities, and taught in Australia, Greece, the UK and the USA before entering politics; it is hence unsurprising that some ...

Blish, James

(1921-1975) US author whose early career in sf followed a pattern typical of the generation whose early careers coincided with World War Two. He became involved in sf Fandom during the 1930s, and was an early member of the well-known New York fan group the Futurians, where he became friendly with such writers as Damon Knight and C M Kornbluth. His first short story, "Emergency Refueling", was published in Super Science Stories for March 1940. He studied microbiology at Rutgers, graduating in ...

Anderson, Adrienne

(1908-1995) UK-born author, in Canada from 1951, the protagonist of whose Sleeper Awakes novel for Robert Hale Limited (1971), awakens in 2020 to find a transformed world. [JC]

Marvel Treasury Edition

US Comics series from Marvel Comics in oversize tabloid perfect-bound format measuring 10 ins x 14 ins. Editors included Archie Goodwin, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Len Wein and Marv Wolfman. Writers included Jo Duffy, Scott Edelman, Stever Gerber and Bill Mantlo. Artists included Klaus Janson, Bob McLeod, Roger Patterson and Don Perlin. 28 issues 1974 to 1981. / This series chiefly reprinted classic stories featuring Marvel's most popular heroes such as the Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk ...

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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