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Gopčević, Spiridion

(1855-1928) Austro-Hungarian journalist, travel-writer and astronomer who sometimes wrote as by Leo Brenner, and who first came to notice with his purportedly first-hand account of a Western Balkan tradition of female-to-male cross-dressing, those who lived in this fashion being known as Tobelija; in Oberalbanien und seine Liga (1881), he depicts the phenomenon in ways which no Gender theorist would today find remotely palatable. He is of modest sf ...

Soviet Union

The vast majority of the sf from what until 1991 was the Soviet Union, especially that translated into English, was in the first instance written and published in Russian (see Russia). A small amount of Soviet sf exists in the various languages other than Russian, notably Ukrainian, in which the dissident writer Oles Berdnyk writes. Little of this material has been translated into Russian, let alone English. The break-up of the USSR will certainly in due course ...

Gothic SF

In current usage a "Gothic" is a romantic novel with a strong element of the mysterious or the supernatural which usually features the persecution of a woman in an isolated locale; but this restricted and specialized use of the word, and the marketing category associated with it, have little to do with most sf. The term "Gothic" entered the English language as a descriptive term for a particular kind of story with the publication of The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (1764) by ...

Gray, John

(1866-1934) UK poet and translator of French Symbolist verse, best known as a member of London's decadent-aesthetic movement of the 1890s, when he was associated with Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) and Oscar Wilde and is a possible candidate for the title character of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (July 1890 Lippincott's Monthly; exp 1891). In Gray's one gently humorous novel, Park: A Fantastic Story ...

Holcombe, Wm H

(1825-1893) US medical doctor and author, most of whose works are nonfiction expositions of homeopathy and the philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg. His sf novel, A Mystery of New Orleans: Solved by New Methods (1890), perhaps influenced by his primary interests, describes the successful efforts of the mesmerist Dr Hypolite Meissonier to exercise long-distance Hypnotic control over his subjects. [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 ...

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