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Tobias, Michael

(1951-    ) US ecologist, filmmaker, mountaineer and author, identified with environmental concerns from the time of the publication of his first book, Dhaulagirideon (1973), a lightly fictionalized study of mountains and mountaineering which was followed by Deva (1982), a novel with the same focus; neither book was literally fantastic, though the rough-hewn Gaia-infused landscape-mysticism of both inspire expansions of thought. The implications of these two essays at ...

Podwil, Jerome

(1938-    ) American artist, sometimes credited simply as Podwil, who typically signs his works Jerry Podwil. After graduating from the Pratt School of Art and Design in 1960, Podwil began painting covers for non-genre books, mostly westerns, and in 1965 shifted to sf art with several assignments from Ace Books. His early covers generally juxtaposed realistic figures with misty or symbolic backgrounds to evoke a sense of alienness; one cover, for Ray Cummings's Tama of the ...

Shattuck, William

(1864-1946) US author of The Keeper of the Salamander's Order: A Tale of Strange Adventure in Unknown Climes (1895), a Fantastic Voyage story whose protagonist, accompanied by demons and other creatures, visits strange lands and Islands, encountering at least one Lost Race en route. The author handles much of this material with an unsubtle Satirical brush. [JC]

Adkins, Patrick H

(1948-2015) US author, editor, publisher and fan – once editor of the New Orleans SF Association Fanzine Nolazine – who began to publish fiction of genre interest with "Hunting the Dragonblood" in Chrysalis 9 (anth 1981) edited by Roy Torgeson. He is best known for his Titan fantasy trilogy, beginning with Lord of the Crooked Paths (1987) and retelling Greek Mythology. The Third Beast (2000) is a very Near Future work of Survivalist Fiction whose anthropologist hero sees Devolution ...

Driou, Alfred

(1810-1880) French priest (apparently) and author, prolific under his own name and a variety of pseudonyms; of sf interest is Les Aventures d'un Aéronaute Parisien dans les Mondes Inconnus (1856; trans Brian Stableford as The Adventures of A Parisian Aeronaut In The Unknown Worlds 2012), though in fact the promised Fantastic Voyage of the solar system by aerostat gets no farther than the Moon, which confusedly displays some characteristics of Utopia, or perhaps Paradise. Jules Verne ...

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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