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Lee, Victoria

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future Young Adult Dystopian Feverwake sequence beginning with The Fever King (2019) seems at first to offer an Equipoisal reading of the etiology and consequences of a virus-based Pandemic (see Disaster) that has balkanized America. The narrative is set in Carolinia (once North and South Carolina); its young protagonist, who believes that Magic has given him the ability to control Technology, is soon taught by the magus-like ...

Robu, Cornel

(1938-2016) Romanian lecturer in literature (at Cluj-Napoca University) and sf critic, some of whose many articles have appeared in English, including "A Key to Science Fiction: The Sublime" (Spring 1988 Foundation #42) and "Milestones in Postwar Romanian Science Fiction" (Summer 1990 Foundation). Panorama romanului românesc contemporan: 1944-1974 ["Panorama of the Contemporary Romanian Novel: 1944-1974"] (1974) with Ion Vlad is a useful survey, and includes sf authors. He edited the ...

Clarke, Lindsay

(1939-    ) UK poet and author whose work in general navigates the water margins of Fantastika; though sf elements cannot be said to dominate, his narratives are in fact complexly polyvalent [for a somewhat different take on his work, see his entry in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Clarke's first novel, Sunday Whiteman (1987), examines dilemmas of Imperialism through the fantasy-tinged experiences of a white do-gooder in a troubled independent African ...

de Polnay, Peter

(1906-1984) Hungarian-born author, in the UK from before World War Two. Of his very many novels, only The Stuffed Dog (1977), a Time-Travel tale, is of genre interest. [JC]

Cummings, M A

(1914-1999) US author of romances as Monette Cummings, and of short stories in various genres, her work of genre interest beginning with "The Brides of Ool" in Planet Stories in 1955. Her collection is Exile and Other Tales of Fantasy (coll 1968), which contains some Planetary Romances. [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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