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Barthelme, Donald

(1931-1989) US author known primarily as a surrealist and black humorist. Most of his short fiction and at least three of his four novels can be described as Fabulations (see also Absurdist SF): Snow White (1967), an absurdist dissection of the fairy tale; The Dead Father (1975), in which the giant figure of a moribund Father is escorted with trauma and ritual to its final resting place; and ...

Wilson, Colin

(1931-2013) UK author of speculative works, who remains best known for his first book, The Outsider (1956), in which he gave graphic expression to the brilliant autodidactism, the erratic system-building mentality, the tendency to treat himself (and a previous few others) as a natural elite, and the voracity for new mental sensations that would mark the very numerous titles he would produce over the next several decades, many of them of some indirect interest to sf and fantasy ...

Gamma People, The

Film (1956). Warwick Film Productions/Columbia Pictures (US)/Columbia Pictures Corporation (UK). Produced by John Gossage. Directed by John Gilling. Written by Gilling and Gossage from a story by Robert Aldrich and Louis Pollock. Cast includes Eva Bartok, Michael Cirida, Paul Douglas, Pauline Drewett, Leslie Phillips and Walter Rilla. 79 minutes, cut to 76 minutes in some prints. Black and white. / American reporter Mike Wilson (Douglas) and his English photographer Howard (Phillips) ...

Rogers, W A

(1854-1931) US cartoonist and author of The Lost Caravan (1927), a Lost Race tale for boys set in Africa, which he published after retiring from a long career, from 1873 to 1926, drawing political cartoons, mostly for Harper's Magazine. [JC]

Strasser, Todd

(1950-    ) US author, highly prolific in children's and Young Adult fiction, with more than 140 such titles published. His first sf novel, The Mall from Outer Space (1987), was a juvenile in which shopping malls are taken over by Aliens. His remaining sf consists mainly of film Ties, where his novelizations include Honey, I Blew up the Kid (1992), ...

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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