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Cavendish, Margaret

(1623-1673) UK playwright, poet and author, much of whose life shared the turbulence of her times, who died as Duchess of Newcastle upon Tyne. At a time when books by women were mostly pseudonymous or appeared in pirated editions, she was one of the first British women to write and publish professionally under her own name. / Born Margaret Lucas, the youngest child of Royalist and Catholic landholders, she received no formal education but was a lady-in-waiting to Charles I's Queen, ...

Falk, Henri

Working name of French author Henri Falque (1881-1937), who wrote some long stories of sf interest, two of them contained in Le Cadre volé ["The Stolen Frame"] (coll 1910), one comprising L'Age de Plomb (circa 1922), both vols trans Brian Stableford as The Age of Lead and Other Fantastic Romances (omni 2010). "L'Etonnante aventure de Sébastien Philipot" (here trans as"The Astonishing Adventure of Sébastien Philipot") from the first collection involves Identity Transfer ...

Pennington, Bruce

(1944-    ) British artist. After artistic training at the Beckenham School of Art and Ravensbourne College of Art, Pennington did some commercial art before beginning his sf career in 1967 with a cover for Robert A Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961; text restored 1990), showing a naked man and woman partially immersed in water; he also did the covers for a series of republished books by Ray Bradbury, including a striking image of a colourfully tattooed man for a ...

Music

This article deals with music as it is portrayed and speculated about in sf. For discussion of actual music with sf themes, see SF Music. / Of the Arts, music is the one most commonly featured in sf – albeit not quite to the extent that Fantasy is pervaded by it. Several sf writers studied it, notably including Lloyd Biggle Jr (PhD in musicology), Langdon Jones and Edgar Pangborn, or were for a time professionally or semiprofessionally involved in music: Philip K Dick purveyed ...

Kummer, Frederic Arnold

(1873-1943) US playwright, screenwriter and author, who may have begun signing his name Frederic Arnold Kummer, Sr after his son Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr began publishing around 1935. Most of his work is nonfantastic, though he wrote at least two Posthumous Fantasies [for fuller entry on Kummer, and on Posthumous Fantasy, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Second Coming: A Vision (1916 chap) with Henry P Janes (1868-?   ) is a World War One fantasy in which ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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