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Buzzati, Dino

(1906-1972) Italian author and journalist. From his first unsettling children's stories in the 1930s he was noted for the Kafka-like anxiety riddling his apparently simple plots, though he argued futilely against the link. The best-known of them is probably La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia (1945; trans Frances Lobb as The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily 1947), which leaves the bears' success in cohabiting with humans very much up in the air. Catastrophe: The Strange Stories of Dino ...

Kasturi, Sandra

(1966-    ) Estonian-born editor, publisher and author, in Canada from the early twenty-first century; she is known for her Poetry, some of it hauntedly exclamatory, assembled as Pursuits & Conjurings, Horrors, Guises (coll 2001 chap) and The Animal Bridegroom (coll 2007 chap), and for the increasingly ambitious Imaginarium sequence of Anthologies of Canadian Fantastika in short form, beginning with Imaginarium 2011: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (anth 2011) with ...

Chambers, Robert W

(1865-1933) US author, author of over 70 novels in various genres, mostly historical and romantic works, increasingly popular but increasingly bad; in the first decade or so of his career, however, he wrote fantasy and horror and some sf of interest. His first successful work was The King in Yellow (coll 1895; cut 1902; with different cuts vt The Mask, and Other Stories 1929). The eponymous King in Yellow is the title character of a printed verse play, a book which functions as a mise en ...

Prozine

A frequent fannish term (see Fan Language), a contraction of "professional Magazine". There was once little need to define professional, although its meaning has never been as obvious as one might at first consider. However, when Science Fiction Writers of America was created in 1965 it was deemed necessary to define "professional" as a criterion of admission for its members. Likewise, by 1983, the World Science Fiction Society, which administers the Hugo Awards, found it necessary in order to ...

Ruins and Futurity

Ruins are not a necessary prelude to Futurity. A ruined structure may be nothing more than a structure that has fallen into illegible ruins (see Entropy), leaving no message for us to draw upon: no warning to the world we live in, no anticipation of things to come. But from time immemorial a Ruin, or in more recent times an Edifice constructed in the shape of a Ruin [for Edifice see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], has also been understood as a ruined structure meant to be ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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