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Lore, Pittacus

House Name owned by James Frey (1969-    ) – not to be confused with James N Frey – a serially controversial author and screenwriter whose works include the heavily fabricated addiction memoir A Million Little Pieces (2003) and the contemporary Messiah fantasy The Final Testament of the Holy Bible (2011). The Lore house name is associated with his Young Adult "fiction factory" Full Fathom Five, whose contractual terms have attracted further notoriety. Pittacus ...


Term used to designate a Shared-World anthology or book-length tale whose individual parts, written by different hands, are edited – generally by the proprietor/editor of the shared world – so that their beginnings and ends weave (or braid) into one another, and the whole tells a unified story. When done properly, braids (also known as braided stories) can generate a chronicle-like sense in the reader – an effect attained also by successful Fixups, which can in this sense be ...

Antill, Keith

(1929-1999) Australian broadcaster and author in whose sf novel, Moon in the Ground (1979), an unpleasant American military intelligence unit battles to extract an Alien AI from Australian territory. The Australians (and the Russians) resist. [JC]

von Lucadou, Julia

(1982-    ) German who is professionally active in the Television industry; an author whose first novel, Die Hochhausspringerin (2018; trans Sharmila Cohen as The High-Rise Diver 2021), is set in a very Near Future Dystopian world marked by an intense surveillance capitalism. The protagonists of the tale, the eponymous athlete and her struggling minder, are increasingly understood as fungibles in a world system that allows them no psychic privacy, which is seen as theft (see ...

Quantum Leap

US tv series (1989-1993). Universal/MCA for NBC. Created and produced by Donald P Bellisario. Supervising producer Deborah Pratt. Writers include Bellisario, Pratt, Beverly Bridges, Paul Brown, Chris Ruppenthal, Scott Shepherd, Tommy Thompson. Directors include David Hemmings, Aaron Lipstadt, James R Whitmore, Gilbert Shelton, Christopher Welch, Joe Napolitano, Michael Watkins, Michael Zinberg. Five seasons to May 1993, 95 one-hour episodes in all. Colour. / Quantum Leap is an unusual ...

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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