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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 ...

Barnes, Steven

(1952-    ) US author, married to Tananarive Due from 1998. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Moonglow" in Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters (anth 1974) edited by Roger Elwood, and his career was primarily associated in its early days with Larry Niven, Barnes's collaborator on most of his early novels, including the first, Dream Park ...

Carter, Bruce

Pseudonym of UK military historian, editor and author Richard Alexander Hough (1922-1999), using his own name for nonfantastic adult novels and nonfiction, and Carter mostly for Young Adult stories and nonfiction books, beginning with an sf title, The Perilous Descent into a Strange Lost World (1952; vt Into a Strange Lost World 1953). Two young World War Two pilots parachute onto an unknown islet in ...

Livingston, Berkeley

Working name of the US author born Berkeley Beryl Levinstein (1909-1975), who began to publish work of genre interest with "I'll Be There With Music" Fantastic Adventures for June 1943, publishing his fifty or so stories in that magazine and in its Ziff-Davis stablemate Amazing. He wrote under his own name, as by Burt B Liston, B E Liston and Lester Barclay; he also contributed work under the ...

Paull, Laline

(?   -    ) UK playwright, screenwriter and author whose staged dramas to date, beginning with Boat Memory (first performed 2004 Olivier Theatre, London), have been nonfantastic. Her first novel, The Bees (2014), is a surprisingly complex Animal Fantasy whose protagonist, an Ugly-Duckling-like Mutant worker bee, rises in the hive to become a handmaiden to the totalitarian Queen herself [for Ugly Duckling, and ...

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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