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Science Fiction Hall of Fame

A life achievement honour (see Awards) inaugurated in 1996 by the Kansas City SF and Fantasy Society and the J Wayne and Elsie M Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, with both sf and fantasy authors eligible. Initially four authors were inducted each year, two posthumously. After the 2004 inductions the Hall of Fame was transferred to the Seattle-based Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, now a part of the ...

Postmodernism and SF

"Modernism" is a useful term for the literature that emerged at the of the twentieth century to challenge the mimetic conventions of bourgeois fiction, but Postmodernism is not simply its more recent replacement. In fact, most contemporary serious writing remains insistently Modernist. The relationship between Modernism and Postmodernism (see Modernism in SF) is difficult to discuss, not least because the term "Postmodernism" has been used to point to significantly different phenomena. Perhaps ...

Whiteson, Leon

(1930-2013) Southern-Rhodesia-born architect, journalist and author, resident variously in UK, USA and Canada. He is of sf interest for Scanners (1980; vt David Cronenberg's Scanners 1981), a Tie novelizing the screenplay of the film Scanners (1980) directed by David Cronenberg. [JC]

Hammill, Peter

British composer and musician, best known as the lead singer of Van der Graaf Generator. His solo releases, most of them similar to the prog-rock complexities of his group work, have been varied and, often, rather wayward. Popular success has eluded him although he inspires great devotion in his fans. "Imperial Zeppelin", on Hammill's first solo album Fool's Mate (1971), is an unusual example of steampunk SF-pop, possibly indebted to Michael Moorcock's Edwardian fantasies. His second solo work, ...

Bellamy, Edward

(1850-1898) US author and journalist, the latter from 1871, when he abandoned the practice of law before having properly begun it; no lawyers exist in the 2000 CE of his most famous work, the Utopia Looking Backward 2000-1887 (1888) and its sequel, Equality (1897), whose influence in the nineteenth century was enormous. His early works of fiction were Gothic; sentimental and labouredly influenced by Nathaniel Hawthorne, they are nevertheless strangely moving, though Miss Ludington's Sister: A ...

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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