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Lister, Thomas Henry

(1800-1842) UK civil servant and author, whose first novel, Granby (1826), was the first fully-fledged example of the nonfantastic Silver Fork genre later popularized by Benjamin Disraeli, Edward Bulwer Lytton and others. A Silver Fork ambience permeates his one work of sf interest, "A Dialogue for the Year 2130: Extracted from the Album of a Modern Sibyl" in The Keepsake for MDCCCXXX (anth 1829) edited by Frederic Mansel Reynolds, an Anthology of some importance for early Fantastika, ...

Rottensteiner, Franz

(1942-    ) Austrian sf critic, editor and literary agent; he has a PhD from the University of Vienna. He has edited the SF of the World series for Insel Verlag, the Fantastic Novels series for Paul Zsolnay Verlag, and the Fantastic Library series – now over 250 volumes – for Suhrkamp Verlag. He writes in English as well as in German, his critical articles having appeared in Science Fiction Studies and elsewhere. He is particularly well known for his spirited ...

Lambert, Joan Dahr

(?   -    ) US author of the Young Adult novel, Circles of Stone (1997), which is Prehistoric SF, one of its serial protagonists (all of them healers named Zena) living over a million years ago in the Great Rift Valley in Africa (see Origin of Man); the second Zena, similarly empowered and forthright, lives a quarter of a million years ago; the third around 30,000 BCE, when patriarchal invaders destroy the flourishing, millennia-old matriarchy (see Feminism). ...

Martin, John

(1789-1854) UK painter and illustrator with a spectacularly melodramatic imagination, whose vast canvases depicting cataclysmic biblical scenes of Disaster and the End of the World have informed much modern fantasy Illustration. Even his delicate mezzotint illustrations for such editions as Paradise Lost (1824) by John Milton (1608-1674) have an epic quality. His paintings typically feature multitudes of tiny figures and fantastic architecture under turbulent skies; Ray Harryhausen acknowledged ...

Mezrich, Ben

(1969-    ) US broadcaster and author who remains best known for nonfiction books like Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (2002), a narrative whose dramatic licence inspired accusations that it was fiction, and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (2009); he also writes as by Holden Scott. Of sf interest are several medical thrillers that hover at the edge of ...

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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