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Ferenczy, Árpád

(1877-circa 1930) Hungarian author of several works in Hungarian, before publishing in German (apparently translated from manuscript by Hans Otto Werda) his sf novel Timotheus Thümmel und seine Ameisen (1923; trans anon as The Ants of Timothy Thümmel 1924), a Satire featuring a race of ants in central Africa whose Intelligence exceeds that of humans, and who engage in a kind of ...

Walton, Jo

(1964-    ) Welsh author, mostly of fantasy, in Canada from 2002, now a Canadian citizen, who began to publish work of genre interest with "At the Bottom of the Garden" in Odyssey for November/December 1998, though a novel, The Rebirth of Pan (written 1990s; 2015), preceded this. Some of her short fiction, like Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction (6 February 2009; 2010 ...

House, Silas

(1971-    ) US author whose early works, beginning with Clay's Quilt (2001), were strongly constructed renderings of the American south, a tale like Southermost (2018) dealing vigorously with homophobia, Religious bigotry, and other contested issues [nonfantastic titles are not listed below]. House's seventh novel, Lark Ascending (2022), is set in a Dystopian ...


1. Film (1978); vt of L'Isola degli Uomini Pesce. / 2. Film (1996). Triumph Films in association with Fuji Eight Co. Ltd and Fries Film Company presents an Allegro Films production. Directed by Christian Duguay. Written by Dan O'Bannon and Miguel Tejada-Flores, based on "Second Variety" (May 1953 Space Science Fiction) by Philip K ...

Piranesi, Giovanni Battista

(1720-1778) Italian architectural designer, builder and artist, in Rome from 1740, where he became best-known for two series of etchings, the views mostly of Rome and generally referred to as the Vedute ["Views"] or "capriccios" [ie fantasies] and the imaginary prisons generally referred to as the Carceri ["Prisons"], published and distributed variously, at points confusingly. The first twelve etchings in Prima Parte di Architetture, e Prospettive inventate ["Part One of ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for ...

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