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Herzl, Theodor

(1860-1904) Hungarian author, founder of Zionism in its modern form, perhaps most significantly in his nonfiction Der Judenstaat: Versuch einer modernen Lösung der Judenfrage ["The Jewish State: Proposal of a Modern Solution for the Jewish Question"] (1896 chap). The title of Simone Zelitch's novel, Judenstaat (2016), is taken directly from this work. / Herzl's fiction was also influential, beginning with the fictionalized speculative Alternate History tale, "Der Unterhimer Bounaparte" ...

Simon, Francesca

(1955-    ) US-born author, in UK from early adulthood; she initially concentrated on books for younger children, like the Horrid Henry sequence beginning with Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine (2012), but is of more direct interest for the sharply Equipoisal Norse Gods sequence comprising Sleeping Army (2011) and The Lost Gods (2014), set in an Alternate World where the Norse Gods exist, and are considerably more hands-on than the Christian God of this world. The ...

Anders, Agnetha

(?   -    ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond her authorship of the Pleasurehouse sequence of erotic sf novels, set in a class-ridden Near Future Britain, and comprising Pleasurehouse 13 (1991) and The Last Days of the Pleasurehouse (1992). [JC]

Drake, Nick

(1961-    ) UK poet (see Poetry), screenwriter, librettist, playwright and author, variously active from the early 1980s; his detective novels, beginning with Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead (2006), are nonfantastic, as is the opera/oratorio Between Worlds (2015) by Tansy Davies (1973-    ), a meditation on 9/11 for which he wrote the libretto. Drake is of sf interest for The Farewell Glacier (coll of linked poems 2012 chap), whose individual units mark ...

Reinganum, Victor

(1907-1995) UK artist associated with British Surrealism (see Illustration) before 1940, as demonstrated in his illustrations for Straw in the Hair: An Anthology of Nonsensical and Surrealist Verse (anth 1938) edited by Denys Kilham Roberts (1903-1976) (see Poetry). Much of his work was for fiction outside the sf field, including most of the early novels, some of fantasy interest, of Muriel Spark [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Though under-utilized in sf proper, he ...

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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