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Spurrier, Simon

(1981-    ) UK Comics writer and author, his work as writer in the former capacity including many 2000 AD and Judge Dredd scripts, plus scripts for other comics; his novel Prophet Margin (2006) is a Tie to the 2000 AD universe. Much of his prose fiction has comprised stories and novels for the Warhammer 40,000 Wargame universe, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior (2003). His The Culled (2006) was the first published novel in the Post-Holocaust Shared World of The ...

Odom, Mel [2]

(1950-    ) US artist whose career began in the mid-1970s with erotic illustrations for Blue Boy and Playboy, followed by genre work in Omni and 1980s paperback covers for novels by various authors including Richard Adams, Paul Hazel and other writers of Fantasy, a genre well suited to his distinctive pencil-and-gouache technique. His paintings have also appeared on several Anthologies including Afterlives: An Anthology of Stories about Life After Death (anth 1986) edited by ...

Ableman, Paul

(1927-2006) UK author and playwright who remains best-known for his first, non-fantastic novel, I Hear Voices (1958), though his first work of sf interest – "The Prophet Mackenbee" for Lucifer in 1952, about an sf author who surrounds himself with disciples in an absurd world – came earlier. The Twilight of the Vilp (1969) is not so much sf proper as an informed and sophisticated playing with the conventions of the genre in a Fabulation about the author of a work and his relation to ...

Templeton, Timothy

Pseudonym of US author Charles Adams (?   -?   ), whose sf Satire on antebellum America, The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth; Or, the Little Quibbles of Great Governments (1856), though allegorized as a series of letters to Uncle Sam, does feature a voyage in a Balloon at such a speed that the Sun is overtaken. [JC]

Arabic SF

There are, of course, many fantastic motifs in medieval Arabic literature, as in the collection of stories of various genres Alf layla wa layla ["One Thousand and One Nights"] (standard text 15th century; trans by Sir Richard Burton as The Arabian Nights, 16vols 1885-1888). In this, the stories of the City of Brass and The Ebony Horse could be regarded as Proto SF. A few Utopias were written, too, including al-Farabi's Risala fi mabadi' ara' ahl al-madina al-fadila (first half of tenth century; ...

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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