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Adams, Henry Cadwallader

(1817-1899) UK minister and author, most of whose fiction was upliftingly composed for boys. His only work of genre interest is Sivan the Sleeper: A Tale of All Time (1861); its eponymous ancient Egyptian protagonist awakens (see Sleeper Awakes) and views several subsequent eras. [JC]

Garrett, Randall

(1927-1987) US author whose third marriage was to Vicki Ann Heydron; his first publication was a Probability Zero vignette (see Flash Fiction) for Astounding Science-Fiction in 1944, and he went on to become a prolific writer for that magazine in the 1950s and early 1960s. He was at one time part of the Ziff-Davis stable writing for Amazing Stories and Fantastic, when he and his sometime collaborator Robert Silverberg ran a "fiction factory" together. During this prolific period Garrett used ...

Aylett, Steve

(1967-    ) UK author who very quickly developed a reputation for his tone of voice, which could be described as gonzo, surreal, metacyberpunkish, riff-driven, surfer-noir; it is a voice which sometimes obscures the objects of his tales, which attack the objects of their Satire through vignettes, quotes and characters from the Pulp magazines and Comics of the previous century. He began publishing work of interest to the field of the fantastic with The Crime Studio (coll ...


The Polynesian word "tabu", from which the English term is taken, was first recorded in 1777 by Captain James Cook (1728-1779) near the end of his last tour of the South Pacific on behalf of the expanding British empire; unsurprisingly perhaps, the word "taboo" was initially applied by early anthropologists to representative of other, exotic, "inferior" cultures: white civilization had evolved beyond taboo (see Evolution). Within that frame of application, the term was early on defined as ...

Liljencrancz, Ottilie A

(1876-1910) US author whose first novel, The Thrall of Leif the Lucky: A Story of Viking Days (1902), is a Lost Race tale set in the Arctic; two of her subsequent tales, The Vinland Champions (1904) and Randvar the Songsmith: A Romance of Norumbega (1906), similarly introduce Prehistoric SF and Nordic Saga elements into their romanticized take on the North-Eastern coast of pre-Columbian America. [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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