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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 ...

Brooke, Jocelyn

(1908-1966) UK journalist and author; during active service in World War Two, he worked as a pox wallah (a medical aide who concentrated on venereal diseases); he is most noted for psychological fantasias like The Scapegoat (1948) and The Goose Cathedral (1950). The Image of a Drawn Sword (1950) casts an Equipoisal sf hue over the extremities of psychological horror that follow its ...

Colombo, John Robert

(1936-    ) Canadian author and editor of over 80 books, notably anthologies of Canadiana and works of popular reference, the most important volume of this sort with general interest being the large Colombo's Canadian References (1976). Books with sf relevance include: CDN SF&F: A Bibliography of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (1979 chap) with Michael Richardson, Alexandre L Amprimoz and John ...

Friel, Arthur O

(1885-1959) US author and explorer, most of whose work appeared in Pulp magazines, including the McKay, Knowlton and Ryan sequence of Lost Race tales set in South America and featuring the exploits of Americans, who eventually establish a kingdom somewhere close to Peru, their central base being in ancient ruins left by a mysterious white race. Those published as books – The Pathless Trail (10 October-10 November 1921 ...

Drumm, Chris

(1949-    ) US bookseller, publisher and bibliographer who has published under the imprint Chris Drumm Booklets a large number of chapbooks containing stories and other work by R A Lafferty and others. Beginning in 1983, his Bibliographies, all arranged with an economic practicality sometimes missing from this field, include works on Algis Budrys, Hal ...

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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