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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Salsitz, Rhondi A Vilott

(1949-    ) US author Rhondi Ann Vilott Salsitz, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Persephone" in Orbit 21 (anth 1980) edited by Damon Knight, as Rhondi Vilott. Titles under an abbreviation of her full name, Rhondi Vilott, and less frequently under her married name, R A V Salsitz, have been restricted to fantasies [see Checklist]; she has also written as by Emily Drake, Elizabeth Forest, Anne Knight and Jenna ...

Invasion from Inner Earth

Film (1974; vt Hell Fire; vt They). Rebane Productions. Produced by Bill Rebane. Directed by Rebane (credited as Ito). Written by Barbara J Rebane. Cast includes Robert Arkens, Paul Bentzen, Nick Holt, Debbi Pick and Karl Wallace. 94 minutes. Colour. / After a prologue in which officials are told the situation is extremely grim and widespread, the action switches to Jake Anderson (Holt), who with his sister Sarah (Pick) runs an air transport service from Bear Creek ...

Eakins, William

(1944-    ) US civil servant who specialized in environmental health issues, and author of Key West, 2720 A.D. (1989), a novel set in Florida in a gay context (see Gender; Sex); this life is threatened. Eakins should not be confused with the short-fiction author William R Eakin (see Neverworlds). [JC]

Nova Express

US Amateur Magazine published by White Car Publications, Houston, Texas, edited by Michael Sumbera to #12 (Fall/Winter 1992) and thereafter by Lawrence Person. 22 issues from Spring 1987 to Summer 2002, originally three per year but irregular from 1990 on. It began inauspiciously, calling itself the "'Zine of the Avant Garde", stating it wished to "give people exposure" and determined to use the new technology to make the magazine something other than ...

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 ...

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