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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Bulgakov, Mikhail

(1891-1940) Soviet physician, playwright and author who served in World War One as a doctor, being wounded twice. His fame in the West has come only with the posthumous publication in translation of most of his fiction, including Belaya gvardiya (1925 Rossiya [chapters 1-13 only]; 1927-1929; trans Michael Glenny as The White Guard 1971) and Zapiski pokoynika (Teatrainy roman) ["A Dead Man's Memoir: A Theatrical Novel"] ...

O'Keefe, Claudia

(1958-    ) US author, the hero of whose first sf novel, Black Snow Days (1990), has been Genetically Engineered by his mother to reawaken, ten years after his fatal car crash, into a Post-Holocaust environment he is intended to redeem; the novel rather confusedly puts him through a long quest sequence for a McGuffin Hidden Base which contains the answers to ...

Web and Starship

Board and counter Wargame (1984). West End Games (WEG). Designed by Greg Costikyan. / Web and Starship is a Hard SF Wargame played on a two-dimensional map of nearby stars, with the third dimension represented by notations on the display. The setting is asymmetric; there are three players, each of whom has different capabilities. The Pereen can travel between ...

Jessup, Paul

(1977-    ) US author primarily of short fiction, beginning with the Horror tale "When Max Was Hungry Again" in The Harrow for 2006, though this was preceded by a juvenile novel (begun when he was 14), Angelwings and Finerthings: A Dream (2001). His first professional sale was "PostFlesh" (2008 Apex Magazine), followed closely by the meatier "Ghost Technology from the Sun" (Autumn 2007 ...

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 ...



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