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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Spider-Man [tv]

1. Animated tv series (1967-1970; vt Spiderman). GrantRay-Lawrence Animation with Krantz Films (first season); Krantz Films solo (seasons 2 and 3). ABC-TV/Syndicated. Produced by Ray Patterson, Ralph Bakshi. Directors included Bakshi, Patterson, Grant Simmons, Gray Morrow. Writers included John Romita Sr, Fred Halliday, Dick Robbins and Lin Carter. Based on characters created by Stan ...

Lister, Thomas Henry

(1800-1842) UK civil servant and author, whose first novel, Granby (1826), was the first fully-fledged example of the nonfantastic Silver Fork genre later popularized by Benjamin Disraeli, Edward Bulwer Lytton and others. A Silver Fork ambience permeates his one work of sf interest, "A Dialogue for the Year 2130: Extracted from the Album of a Modern Sibyl" in The Keepsake for MDCCCXXX (anth ...

Holt, Tom

(1961-    ) UK author – a solicitor before he turned to full-time writing in 1995 – whose debut was the precocious "Poems by Tom Holt" (coll 1973 chap). He is best known for his numerous comic fantasies, beginning with the genially myth-based Expecting Someone Taller (1987) and Who's Afraid of Beowulf? (1988) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. ...

Harpman, Jacqueline

(1929-2012) Belgian psychoanalyst and author, moderately prolific since the 1950. Of sf interest are Moi Qui N'ai Pas Connu Les Hommes (1995; trans Ros Schwartz as I Who Have Never Known Men 1997), depicts a Post-Holocaust Dystopia where women are kept in Underground cages; and Orlanda (1996; trans Ros Schwartz 1999), which plays with some ...

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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