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American Fiction

UK numbered pocketbook series which could be regarded (being numbered) as either an anthology series or a magazine. 12 issues known, most 36pp, numbered only from #2. Published by Utopian Publications, London; edited by Benson Herbert and Walter Gillings (who jointly owned the company). Irregular, September 1944-January 1946. / American Fiction was primarily a reprint publication. All issues featured quasi-erotic covers, with the title story often being an already known sf or fantasy work ...

Jones, David

(1895-1974) UK painter and author whose written works, widely and properly characterized as High Modernist, are not describable as sf, nor as being Equipoisal in anything like a twenty-first century sense, but which have a central importance as examples of the epic grasp of the world demonstrated when the magic-literalism of Fantastika is wrought to its uttermost as Poetry. Jones's first work of significance, In Parenthesis: Seinnyessit e Gledyf ym Penn Mameu [subtitle translates as "His sword ...

Cline, Ernest

(1972-    ) US screenwriter and author whose Ready Player sequence, beginning with Ready Player One (2011), is set in a Near Future 2044 where Climate Change and other degradations have made the external world profoundly unpleasant. In this context, the creation of a total-immersion Cyberspace-styled Virtual Reality known as the Oasis – its late inventor and exploiter, James Halliday, has some characteristics in common with Steve Jobs (1955-2011) in real life, and ...

Hauptmann, Gerhart

(1862-1946) German playwright and author, winner of the 1912 Nobel Prize for Literature, whose greatest plays were performed before the turn of the century and whose novels were written later. Some plays are fantasy: Hanneles Himmelfahrt (1893; trans William Archer as Hannele: A Dream Poem 1894 chap), Die versunkene Glocke: Ein Deutsche Märchendrama (1896; trans C H Meltzer as The Sunken Bell 1899) and Des Grossen Kampffliegers, Landfahrers, Gaukers und Magiers Till Eulenspiegel Abenteuer, ...

Williams, Liz

(1965-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Child of the Dead" in Interzone for September 1997, which was assembled with other early work as The Banquet of the Lords of Night and Other Stories (coll 2004); later stories were assembled as A Glass of Shadow (coll 2011). Her first novel, The Ghost Sister (2001), is set in a lost colony (see Colonization of Other Worlds) whose inhabitants, after sending a long-ignored distress signal back to Earth, ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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