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Engebretson, David

(1964-    ) US critic. Apart from a handful of reviews published 1984-1985, Engebretson is known for two works of Stephen King scholarship written in collaboration with Michael R Collings: The Shorter Works of Stephen King (1985), which contains original essays by the two authors, and The Stephen King Concordance (1986). [CPa]

Raine, Craig

(1944-    ) UK poet whose first book, The Onion, Memory (coll 1978 chap), demonstrated his capacity to illuminate the world through estranged images, a technique which came to full fruition in A Martian Sends a Postcard Home (coll 1979 chap), the title poem of which represents – in language which convincingly manifests a principle central to Fantastika as a whole, that the fantastic may be best grasped through the literal – an Alien's tabula rasa vision of normal ...

Buckner, Robert

(1906-1989) US journalist, screenwriter, producer and author of one sf novel, Starfire (19 March-2 April 1960 Saturday Evening Post as "Moon Pilot"; 1960; vt Moon Pilot 1962). This deals with the misadventures of a US astronaut scheduled for the first ever manned Space Flight to the Moon; it was filmed by Disney as Moon Pilot (1962), which see. [DRL]

Eshbach, Lloyd Arthur

(1910-2003) US author and publisher, and an sf enthusiast from an early age. Though his work as a publisher has always – and probably rightly – been deemed his main contribution to the field, a splurge of novels in the 1980s, after he had been inactive as a writer for many years, has focused some attention on his auctorial work. This began with the sf "The Man with the Silver Disc" for Scientific Detective Monthly in February 1930; over the next decade or so he wrote 30 or more ...

Williams, Francis Howard

(1844-1922) US critic and author whose Atman: The Documents in a Strange Case (1891), though its substance could be deemed occultish, has some interest through its structure. Williams himself appears in the tale as the holder of various documents that demonstrate the Psi Powers of the young woman brought to grief by a Mad Scientist, Professor Perdicaris. Metempsychosis is involved. [JC]

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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