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Dorfman, Ariel

(1942-    ) Argentinian-born academic, playwright, journalist and author, in Chile from early childhood, alternatingly in the US from the late 1960s; active from the late 1960s. His work as a writer has been intimately engaged with the fate of Chile from the election of Salvador Allende (1908-1973) in 1970, through his death after an America-inspired coup in 1973, and through the tumultuous years since. His work in general is nonfantastic, though the main protagonist of ...

Rattray, R S

(1881-1938) Indian-born anthropologist, lawyer, aviator and author, in UK from childhood; his Lost Race novel, The Leopard Princess (1934), which was dedicated to Paul Robeson (1898-1976), describes an autonomous native culture in the Gold Coast in extremely positive terms. A sequel, which may have been drafted, did not appear due to the author's death in a gliding accident. [JC]

Knausgaard, Karl Ove

(1968-    ) Norwegian author, who does not normally use the Norwegian spelling of his surname, Knausgård, for translated works; best-known for the sustained, multi-volume, dedicatedly nonfantastic, autofictional Mir Kemp [My Struggle] sequence beginning with Om høsten (2015; trans Martin Aitken as Autumn 2017) [the sequence is not included in Checklist below]. His first novel, Ute av verden ["Out of the World"] (1998) incorporates an extended narrative, ...

Grainer, Ron

(1922-1981) Australian-born composer and musician, resident in the UK from the 1950s. Grainer's most enduring work is the theme to the BBC TV series Doctor Who (1963-current), created in collaboration with Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. He also composed the themes for the television shows The Prisoner (1967-1968) and Joe 90 (1968-1969), as well as the soundtrack for the film version of Leonard Wibberley's The Mouse on the Moon (1963). His score for The Omega Man (1971), ...

Johnson, Kenneth

(1942-    ) US screenwriter, producer and director, most of whose work as been in Television, specifically as the creator of the sf and borderline-sf series The Incredible Hulk (1977-1982), The Secret Empire (1979), Stop Susan Williams (1979; vt Cliffhangers: Stop Susan Williams) and "V" (1983-1985), and producer of The Bionic Woman (1976-1978). For Cinema he produced Short Circuit 2 (1988), the sequel to Short Circuit (1986) (which see). Twenty years after the original "V", ...

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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