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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 ...

St John, Arthur

(1862-1938) Indian-born author, in UK from early years; his only slightly fictionalized Utopia, Why Not Now?: A British Islander's Dream (1939), promulgates a pastoral, neighbourhood-based Near Future Britain. [JC]

Bisson, Terry

(1942-2024) US author who also worked as a New York publishing copy-writer. His first novel, Wyrldmaker: A Heroic Romance (1981), is a too rapidly told but intermittently dazzling Generation Starship tale told in the guise of a heroic fantasy (see also World Ship). With his second, Talking Man (1986), he came into his full powers as a novelist whose narrative voice was urgently and lucidly that ...

Expanse

US Semiprozine, published and edited quarterly from Baltimore by Steven E Fick, letter-size format, three issues published, #1 (October) 1993, Winter 1994 and Summer 1994. A professionally produced magazine with eclectic design (each story set in a different font), it was a good example of what computer-aided design could now produce. With an announced print run high for a semiprozine, Expanse began intrepidly, proclaiming in advertisements: "Tired of the ...

Woltor, Robert

(?   -?   ) US author of a Yellow Peril tale, A Short and Truthful History of the Taking of California and Oregon by the Chinese in the Year AD 1899 (1882), constructed in the form of a Future History which recounts the Chinese naval Invasion of San Francisco (see California); by 1899, China, aided by immigrant Fifth ...

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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