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Counter, Ben

(1979-    ) UK author primarily associated to date with various iterations of the Warhammer Game-oriented universe, though his first work of genre interest, "Hate" for Roadworks in 1999, is not connected. His novels for the universe include three for Warhammer 40,000, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Soul Drinker (2002); two for Warhammer 40,000: Grey Knights, beginning with ...

Grimes, Lee

(1920-2009) US author whose Ax of Atlantis: A Chandra Smith Adventure (1975) depicts its female secret agent protagonist's attempts to forestall the attempts of a kind of reborn Minos to re-establish the rule of ancient Crete. An earlier Chandra Smith adventure, The Eye of Shiva (1974), seems to have no fantastic content. The premise of Retro Lives (1993) is that a genetic predisposition can generate a Time Loop, ...

Fowke, Bob

(1950-    ) UK artist, author and playwright who studied Illustration at Taunton College of Art. He worked mainly in gouache, acrylics, and oil paint, sometimes using acrylics as a base for oil and sometimes painting purely in acrylic or gouache. Early influences included such Renaissance painters as Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) and Lucas Cranach (1472-1553). Fowke began to publish work of genre interest in 1973 with paperback covers for ...

Howard, Robert E

(1906-1936) US author, along with H P Lovecraft the central fashioner of generic American fantastic fiction before 1940, excluding sf: in Howard's case, Sword and Sorcery, and in Lovecraft's case supernatural horror as such (but also Horror in SF). Howard's few contributions to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos do not bring out the sf elements, and he did not ...

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Japanese animated film (2008; vt Ponyo); original title Gake no Ue no Ponyo. Studio Ghibli. Directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Voice cast includes Yūki Amami, Hiroki Doi, Yuria Nana and George Tokoro. 101 minutes. Colour. / Whilst playing by the sea, five-year-old Sōsuke (Doi) finds a trapped fish whose head appears almost human. Rescuing it, he cuts his finger, which the fish licks. He names ...

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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