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Adamovič, Ivan

(1967-    ) Czech translator and author, an associate editor of the sf magazine Ikarie and a contributor to Encyklopedie science fiction ["Encyclopedia of Science Fiction"] (1992). His "Czech SF in the Last Forty Years" appeared in Science Fiction Studies, March 1990. [PN]

Dornbierer, Manú

(circa 1932-    ) Mexican author and painter, better known for her work as a journalist, a field where she has received some awards. In the late 1960s, Dornbierer began to publish short stories, mostly Fantasy, always very stylish, well-written and constructed pieces. In 1968, her short story "La grieta" ["The Crack"], later included in the collection Después de Samarkanda ["After Samarkand"] (coll 1977), received the Juegos Florales de Ciudad del Carmen (Campeche, ...

Russ, Joanna

(1937-2011) US academic and author who taught at various universities from 1970; she was a professor of English at the University of Washington from 1977 until her retirement in 1991. She began publishing sf in September 1959 with "Nor Custom Stale" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, a journal to which she also contributed intermittent but influential book reviews between 1967 and 1980. Her early work is less formally innovative than the stories she began to publish in the 1970s, ...

Malamud, Bernard

(1914-1986) US author whose fiction, beginning with The Natural (1952), a mythopoeic tale of US Baseball set in a modestly fabulated New York, makes use of techniques and motifs from Russian-Jewish folklore and story-telling traditions, with the result that many of his short stories are technically fantasies. His only novel of strong genre interest, God's Grace (1982), mixes sf and fable – at times uneasily (see Equipoise) – in the tale of a lone Last Man survivor of a nuclear ...

Janes, Phil

(circa 1959-    ) US author of the comic Galaxy Game sf sequence comprising The Galaxy Game (1993), Fission Impossible (1993) and I, Arnold: Round Three of the Galaxy Game (1995), featuring the adventures of the harum-scarum crew of a new Starship who discover that the galaxy is run as a Godgame by quasi-deities who play with us for their sport. The crew (which includes a cranky comic Computer called Arnold, later embodied in Android form) is assigned some Mission Impossible ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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