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Santesson, Hans Stefan

(1914-1975) US editor and author born in France of Swedish parents, raised in Sweden and emigrated with his mother to the USA in 1923 after his parents divorced. They settled in Brooklyn where his mother worked as a commercial artist. Before entering the world of publishing Santesson devoted much of his time helping immigrants to America, especially from India. He was noted for his humanitarianism and this was reflected in his work as an editor with a selfless dedication to helping others. His ...

Captain Blood

Videogame (1988; vt The Ark of Captain Blood in continental Europe). ERE Informatique. Designed by Philippe Ulrich, Didier Bouchon. Platforms: Amiga, Amstrad, AtariST, C64, DOS (1988); AppleII, Mac, Spectrum (1989). / The protagonist of Captain Blood is Bob Morlok, a computer game designer who somehow injects himself into the fictional universe of the game he is working on, apparently by virtue of his sheer creativity. There ...

Langmead, Oliver

(?   -    ) Scottish author whose work exploits the metaphorical intensities available through a ready access to the SF Megatext, though his works inhabit the water margins of sf as such (see Fantastika). Dark Star (2015), his first book, is a long narrative poem set on an isolated planet, with a Sun that emits no light, befitting the noir language of ...

Humour

There is a false belief that sf and humour do not mix. Certainly sf has produced many bad jokes – Arthur C Clarke's Tales From the White Hart (coll of linked stories 1957) is entirely devoted to them – but from the beginning it has also produced many good ones. Much sf humour takes the form of social Satire, and stories of this kind are discussed mainly in that entry. While the discussion below naturally ...

Oliver, Lauren

Pseudonym of US author Laura Schechter (1982-    ). whose first novel, Before I Fall (2010), is fantasy; of sf interest is the Delirium sequence of Young Adult tales, comprising Delirium (2011) and Pandemonium (2012) and set in a Dystopian Near Future America, where a medical cure for love is imposed on all citizens at the age of ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for ...



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