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Æ

Pseudonym, often printed as A E or AE, used by the Irish poet George William Russell (1867-1935) for all his writing. In 1886 he and William Butler Yeats helped found the Dublin Lodge of the Theosophical Society (see Theosophy) and much of his work reflects a mystical agenda – not very coherently in the supernatural tales assembled in The Mask of Apollo, and Other Stories (coll 1904), but with very much more force in The Interpreters (1922), set in a great City in the indeterminate future ...

Brooks, Mel

Working name of US film-maker, writer (initially for Television) and actor Melvin James Kaminsky (1926-    ), who as an improvisational stand-up comedian in 1953 created the ongoing character of the 2000 Year Old Man, an Immortal who attended Christ's crucifixion and offers a skewed perspective on the modern world ("I have over forty-two thousand children, and not one comes to visit me."). A 1961 LP of these routines sold over a million copies; Brooks voiced the title role ...

Lindsay, Jeffry P

Pseudonym of US author Jeffry P Freundlich (1952-    ) for fiction written in collaboration with his wife, Hilary Hemingway. These books include an sf thriller series comprising Dreamland (1995) and Dreamchild (1998), both with Hilary Hemingway, told in a UFO mode, featuring an Alien kept secret by the government, and a half-human child conceived during these proceedings; and Time Blender (1997) with Michael Dorn and Hilary Hemingway, in which a portal leads to another world ...

Heywood, Victor D

(?   -    ) US author of an unremarkable Space Opera adventure, Prison Planet (1974; vt Alpha Star 1980), which is a Young Adult tale whose young protagonist earns his spurs in space. [JC]

Doppelgangers

Literally, "double-walkers". Very broadly, doppelgangers begin to make significant appearances in the early nineteenth century, in the works of authors like E T A Hoffmann, whose use of these figures was central to the concept of the Uncanny (or Unheimlich) in the works of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) (see also Mysterious Stranger). To meet one's own supernatural double (or Scots "fetch") was traditionally an unlucky or fatal portent; a well-known treatment of this theme is Edgar Allan Poe's short ...

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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