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Romilus, Arn

A Curtis Warren House Name used by Brian Holloway for one novel and by Denis Hughes for two. [JC/DRL]


Item of Terminology relating to Perception, which in normal use denotes association or cross-referencing between the senses, so that (to take a commonplace example) the colour orange may evoke the smell of oranges. The poet Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) was fond of such metaphorical sense-associations. In the nonfantastic crime novel Opening Night (1951; vt Night at the Vulcan) by Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982) the protagonist associates colours with voices, with the detective's voice being ...

Sweven, Godfrey

Pseudonym of UK-born author and academic John Macmillan Brown (1845-1935), in New Zealand from 1874, Chancellor of the University of New Zealand from 1923 until his death. Both his fiction and his nonfiction deal almost exclusively with New Zealand and the South Pacific. Of sf interest is the two-part Limanora sequence published as Riallaro: The Archipelago of Exiles (1901) and Limanora: The Island of Progress (1903; rev 1931), in which an ethereal man with artificial wings (see Flying) is shot ...

Walker, Hugh

Pseudonym of Austrian author Hubert Straßl (1941-    ), whose Magira sequence – featuring a character who first creates a Wargame and then becomes absorbed within it – begins with Reiter der Finsternis (1975; trans Christine Priest as War-Gamers' World 1978), Das Heer der Finsternis (1975; trans Christine Priest as Army of Darkness 1979), Boten der Finsternis (1976; trans Christine Priest as Messengers of Darkness 1979), and continues with further not-yet ...

Plauger, P J

(1944-    ) US physicist and author, involved professionally in computers. He began publishing sf with "Epicycle" for Analog in November 1973, and is best known for "Child of All Ages" (March 1975 Analog), about an immortal woman (see Immortality) who perpetually retains the body of a child (see Children in SF). Plauger won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Author in 1975. / The novel-length Fighting Madness (in Analog Annual, anth 1976, ed Ben Bova; 2015 ebook) and ...

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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