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Van Hollander, Jason

(1949-    ). American artist and author. A youthful fascination with the works of H P Lovecraft inspired the teenage Van Hollander to correspond with August Derleth and collect books from Arkham House, which would later employ him as a cover artist, beginning with Ramsey Campbell's anthology New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (coll ...

Flood, Tom

(1955-    ) Australian author whose first novel, Oceana Fine (1989), is set in a surreal version of modern Australia, too fantasticated to be a genuine Alternate World but at the same time hauntingly verisimilitudinous. A vast grain elevator houses the eponymous new wheat strain; the elevator becomes a cathedral and the wheat becomes manna. Much of the action takes place in a constantly mutating system of ...

Wilding, Philip

(1913-1971) UK author born Philip Wilding Wiggins but known by the shorter version of his name since before World War Two. He published in various genres, including Westerns as by Jefferson Fraser; his two routine sf adventures under his own name are Spaceflight – Venus (1955), in which a crew undertakes for the first time Space Flight to Venus, where an Alien ...

Lackey, Mercedes

(1950-    ) US author best known as a highly prolific producer of Fantasy, the category into which all her solo novels fall. Her first published story was "A Different Kind of Courage" in Free Amazons of Darkover (anth 1985) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The Ship Who Searched (1992) with Anne McCaffrey is sf set in the latter's ...

Abe Kōbō

Working name of Japanese author Kimifusa Abe (1924-1993), active from 1948 to the year of his death; several of his later novels have been translated into English. Known mainly for his work outside the sf field, like Suna no Onna (1962; trans E Dale Saunders as The Woman in the Dunes 1964), he was deeply influenced by Western models from Franz Kafka to Samuel Beckett (1906-1989); the intensely extreme conditions to which he subjects ...

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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