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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 ...

Huntington, Charles

(?   -    ) US author, possibly a pseudonym, of the Space Probe 6 sequence of unremarkable Space Opera adventures comprising The Soul Stealers (1973) and Nightmare on Vega 3 (1973) [JC]


Animated film (2009). Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter. Written by Bob Peterson and Docter, based on a story by Docter, Peterson and Thomas McCarthy. Cast includes Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai and Christopher Plummer. 93 minutes. Colour. / A Lost World adventure with Steampunk flourishes, Up is most notable for containing two of the most effective tear-jerking scenes in cinema history. The first ...

King-Hall, Lou

Working name of UK author Olga Louisa Elisabeth King-Hall (1897-1985), whose Fly Envious Time (1944) posits a Near-Future world in which Eugenics dominates and by 1979 women have achieved full equality in the Federal Union of Democracy; World War Three follows rather rapidly, however, in 1999. Her brother was Stephen King-Hall. [JC]

Jarman, Peter

Pseudonym of UK electronics entrepreneur and futurologist Peter Kruger (?   -    ), whose Three Jumps into the Labyrinth (coll of linked stories 1990) – published by his own firm, Digithurst, Ltd – adroitly examines issues of Perception through three stories, which each describe the same events as radically transfigured by information-aged technologies just an instant ahead of the actual world of 1994; ...

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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