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Constantine, Storm

(1956-2021) UK author whose name, initially a pseudonym, became her legal name for all purposes. Her most successful work was perhaps the Wraeththu trilogy which began her career: The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit (1987; rev 2003), The Bewitchments of Love and Hate (1988; rev 2003) and The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire (1989; rev 2003), all three assembled as Wraeththu (omni 1993; rev vt The Wraeththu Chronicles 2006). The sequence follows the rise of a hermaphroditic race from men (not, at ...

Swahn, Sven Christer

(1933-2005) Swedish poet, author, playwright, literary critic and translator. Immensely prolific, Swahn published a dozen collections of poetry including his first book, Eftermiddagens nycklar ["The Keys to Afternoon"] (coll 1956), five short story collections, thirteen adult novels, seventeen juvenile novels, a dozen or more Radio plays, eight books of literary overviews, essays and cultural history, a dozen Anthologies, hundreds of book reviews and magazine essays and close to two hundred ...

Role Playing Game

Term used to describe a type of game characterized by Lawrence Schick in Heroic Worlds (1991) as a form of "quantified interactive storytelling". Here "quantified" refers to the fact that numerical rules are employed to simulate the fictional world depicted in the game, "interactive" to the players' use of created personas appropriate to that world to act within it, and "storytelling" to the way in which those players use the game to create a shared narrative. The term itself postdates the ...

D'Amato, Brian

(1962-    ) US sculptor, painter and author, son of Barbara D'Amato (1938-    ) and Anthony D'Amato (1937-2018), both writers; his essay on L Frank Baum's Oz, "The Wooden Gargoyles: Evil in Oz" – which was published as an afterword to his mother's mystery novel, Hard Road: A Cat Marsala Mystery (2001) – sharply but sympathetically examines some of the darker implications of Baum's work. D'Amato's first novel, Beauty (1992), grippingly narrates ...

Jeapes, Ben

(1965-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Digital Cats Come Out Tonight" (in Digital Dreams, anth 1990, ed David V Barrett), and who has since published frequently in Interzone. His novels have been directed to Young Adult markets, and include the His Majesty's Spaceship sequence comprising His Majesty's Spaceship (1998; vt The Ark 2000) and The Xenocide Mission (2002), in which a generally rational human race is brought into an intergalactic ...

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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