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Webster, Bud

Working name of Clarence Howard Webster (1952-2016), US author, editor, critic and poet who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Rabbi's Tale" in Drums Around the Fire (anth 1993) edited by Bill Bridges. His best-known fiction is perhaps the Bubba Pritchert series opening with "Bubba Pritchert and the Space Aliens" (July 1994 Analog), with further titles also appearing in Analog. His first critical collection Anthopology 101: Reflections, Inspections and Dissections of SF ...

Tarkovsky, Andrei

(1932-1987) Russian film-maker. A graduate of the Soviet State Film School, Tarkovsky attained prominence in Russia with his first film, Ivanovo Detstvo (1962; vt Ivan's Childhood; vt My Name Is Ivan), the story of an orphan cut off behind enemy lines during World War Two. With his next feature, Andrei Roublev (1966; release delayed until 1971), Tarkovsky fell foul of the Soviet censors with his dark vision of the life of the fifteenth-century icon painter. His sf reputation rests on two long ...

Bachorz, Pam

(1973-    ) US author whose Young Adult Candor (2009) applies a familiar Horror in SF topos – a small town malevolently under some kind of mesmeric or unholy control – to describe a Near Future planned community dominated by the protagonist's father. Her second novel, Drought (2011), set in another coercive Keep-like enclave, follows its young protagonist's romance-driven escape attempt. [JC]

Caine, William

(1873-1923) UK author, almost invariably of spoofish light fiction and plays. Of greatest sf interest is The Confectioners (1906) with John Fairbairn, set in a UK transformed by the near-future Invention of a substance capable of taking any shape and function, and by the unrest this substance causes when an unscrupulous industrial magnate tries to corner its use. The narrative is conveyed with lame wit and nonsense – Caine is a poor third behind G K Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc in the ...

Pagliassotti, Dru

(1966-    ) US academic, publisher and author who is of sf interest for her Steampunk Clockwork sequence beginning with Clockwork Heart (2008), set in a world seemingly governed by a Computer-controlled Great Engine. The protagonist is a young woman in a guild of messengers who accomplish their missions with the aid of artificial wings (see Flying) made of ondinium, the lighter-than-air metal that gives her land its dominance over the world. Romance ensues, and threatening ...

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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