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Schlee, Ann

(1934-    ) US author, in UK from the 1950s, mostly of historical novels, initially for Young Adult readers, later for adult audiences. Of sf interest is The Vandal (1979), an early example of the Dystopia whose adolescent protagonist is banned from a central oppressive City, in this case a culture where enforced Amnesia intensifies the tyranny. The protagonist's act of vandalism opens his eyes to the true world. [JC]

Zajdel, Janusz A

(1938-1985) Polish author, one of the three most important figures in Polish science fiction of the post-war era, who partly recognized, partly created and defined, and eventually occupied a literary territory that allowed him, along with some other writers, to create social Dystopias critical of the gross perversions and pathologies of the Polish communist state, and by extension totalitarianism in general, without exposing himself to the closer attention of the authorities and his work to ...

Wilkinson, Vernon

(1916-1988) New Zealand teacher and author of various works of nonfiction about the place of New Zealand in the world. Of sf interest is After The Bomb: Flight to Utopia (1984), set on a distant Near Future Earth two centuries after World War Three, as the occupants of a returning Spaceship discover, a Utopian civilization has evolved, though the maintenance of an aggression-free world has, as usual, proved costly. [JC]

Fantasy Fiction

1. US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, May and November 1950, published by Magabook, edited by Curtis Mitchell. "Old and New Fantasy Stories but Always the Best" was the slogan of this short-lived magazine, whose stories were largely reprinted from general Pulps of the 1930s and early 1940s. It also offered prizes for reports of true fantastic experiences and haunted houses. #2 was retitled Fantasy Stories, carried a lengthy UFO feature ("Flying Saucer Secrets Blabbed by Mad Pilot", as the ...

Ratzkin, Lawrence

(1931-2011) American artist, also credited as Larry Ratzkin. He graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in 1951, and was soon being employed by major New York publishers officially as a book designer, not a cover artist, though he was credited with some genuinely artistic covers. He worked steadily until the 1990s, eventually retiring to focus on photography before his death in 2011. / Regularly assigned to books by major authors in various fields, Ratzkin by no means specialized in ...

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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