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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Richards, Joel

Pseudonym of US author Joel Richard Fruchtman (1937-    ), who began publishing sf with "Speedplay" for Amazing in 1980 and has published subsequent stories in original anthologies. In his sf novel, Pindharee (1986), an officer in a human-dominated Galactic Empire must decide whether or not to disobey orders and fail to exterminate a peaceful Alien civilization. [JC]

Wonder, William

Pseudonym of US author Thomas Kirwan (1829-1911), whose Utopia, Reciprocity (Social and Economic) in the Thirtieth Century; The Coming Cooperative Age: A Forecast of the World's Future (1909), casts its twentieth-century protagonist, via an unexplained form of Time Travel, a millennium hence, where New York presides benignly over a mostly rural land, with good-humoured socialist precepts ...

Hescox, Richard

(1949-    ) US illustrator who, between 1976 and 1993, painted some 135 covers for sf and fantasy books, and who thereafter has devoted his artistic endeavours to the Games industry and to private works. / Hescox received his formal art education at Citrus Junior College, Glendora, California, and more significantly at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, where he took Fine Arts as a major. Even while still there he began ...

Holden, Inez

(1903-1974) UK journalist and author, active from the early 1920s; around 1940, briefly George Orwell's partner. In 1941 she rented a garage flat from H G Wells, who evicted her when she introduced him to Orwell, soon after the publication of the latter's "Wells, Hitler and the World State" (August 1941 Horizon). She is of sf interest for Born Old, Died Young (1932), a ...

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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