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Lai, Larissa

(1967-    ) US-born academic and author, in Canada from childhood; much of her work examines implications, personal and cultural, of her Chinese-Canadian background. Her first novel, When Fox Is a Thousand (1995; rev 2004), is a complex tripartite fantasy, one of whose strands is narrated by a 1000-year old fox. Her second novel, Salt Fish Girl (2002), combines two narratives: that of an Immortal female Shapeshifter who speaks sharply crafted wisdom; and that of a young ...

Beyond Centauri

US quarterly Print Magazine of science fiction and fantasy, aimed at younger readers, one of a number of similar low-paying magazines published by the now defunct Sam's Dot Publishing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and edited by Tyree Campbell. It appeared on a regular quarterly schedule for 39 issues from July 2003 to January 2013. It was published in letter-size format and usually ran to 36 pages with large print and illustrations, plus copious poetry, so the total wordage was low and the stories ...

Bailey, Paul

(1906-1987) US osteopath, publisher, editor and author of novels and nonfiction set in the American West, often on Mormon themes, though his relationship with the authorities governing that religion cooled after he wrote For Time and All Eternity (1964) about the ticklish issue of polygamy; his sf novel, Deliver Me from Eva (1946), deals with the complications ensuing from the hero's osteopath father-in-law's capacity (though legless he is very powerful) to increase Intelligence artificially ...

Lewis, Wyndham

(1882-1957) US- or Canadian-born painter and author, primarily in the UK from 1893 (the story of his birth on an American yacht in Canadian waters has been challenged), serving in World War One first as a bombardier, then as a war artist. For the first part of his career, beginning around 1900, he was primarily active as a painter; he is best known in this capacity as a member of the Camden Town Group and the instigator of Vorticism in 1914 – which he promoted vigorously in a Modernist ...

Mysterious Traveler Magazine, The

US Digest-size magazine. Five issues, the first four November 1951 to June 1952, and the last undated 1952, published by Grace Publishing, New York; edited by Robert Arthur. Its final issue was retitled The Mysterious Traveler Mystery Reader. A spin-off from Mutual Broadcasting's Radio show The Mysterious Traveler (1943-1952) (which see), the magazine was subtitled "Great Stories of Mystery, Detection and Suspense, Old and New", but included some items of marginal sf interest by Ray Bradbury ...

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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