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Kincaid, Paul

(1952-    ) UK critic, award administrator and author; partner of Maureen Kincaid Speller from 1986 (married 1993). After an early sale to New Writings in SF which remains unpublished because the series ended, his first short story, "The Second Coming" appeared in a semi-professional magazine, Orbis, in 1984. His first fully professional publication was "The Song of Women" for Arrows of Eros (coll 1989) edited by Alex Stewart. Since then he has published fiction only ...

Laski, Marghanita

(1915-1988) UK author, born Esther Pearl Laski (she never used her original given names); between 1958 and 1986 she was one of the most prolific contributors of material to the Oxford English Dictionary, supplying over 250,000 quotations to help establish historical usage patterns for words to be defined. Though she was not an avowed author of sf, her first novel, Love on the Supertax (1944), borders on sf in its Satirical depiction of a transformation of the UK during World War Two; her next ...

Delany, Samuel R

(1942-    ) US author and critic, one of the most influential and most discussed within the genre; he has taught at several universities from 1975, and was professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 1988-1999, of English at SUNY Buffalo 1999-2000, and of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia since 2001. He has a somewhat mixed cultural background: he is Black, born and raised in Harlem, New York, and therefore ...

Tales of Magic and Mystery

US Pulp magazine published by Personal Arts Company, Camden, New Jersey and edited by Walter B Gibson. It ran for five issues, December 1927 to April 1928. A weird fiction/occult magazine published partly to take advantage of Gibson's connections in the world of stage magic and particularly with Howard Thurston (1869-1936), for whom Gibson ghost-wrote several so-called true experiences starting with "The Miracle Man of Benares" (December 1927), and Harry Houdini, about whom Gibson wrote several ...

Maalouf, Amin

(1949-    ) Lebanese author, in France from 1976; best known for historical novels. In his Near Future sf tale, Premier siècle après Béatrice (1992: trans Dorothy S Bair as The First Century After Beatrice 1993), an entomologist discovers that a readily available bean contains an easily synthesized Drug that will guarantee male children. The First World nations secretly administer the drug to the Third World, suffering from Overpopulation till the ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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