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Poyser, Victoria

Earlier name of the American artist now known as Victoria Lisi (1949-    ), and the name used for her sf art. The former wife of sf fan Kennedy "Kippy" Poyser (1945-2009), she married artist Julius Lisi in 1987 and then went by Victoria Poyser-Lisi or Victoria (Poyser) Lisi before adopting her current name. She received a BFA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and although she has attributed her interest in sf art to her attendance at the World Fantasy ...

Child, Heather

(?   -    ) UK virtual marketer and author whose first novel, Everything About You (2018), is set in an only moderately Dystopian Young Adult Near Future Britain, where a teenage girl, gains access to an Avatar of her desperately missed dead sister via a Virtual Reality interface. Perhaps ...


(1941-    ) Working name of Spanish artist Manuel Perez Clemente Sanjulian. After attending the Belle Artes de Sant Jordi art school, he began receiving assignments to paint book covers for several European publishers. However, he developed an international reputation by doing illustrations, in the early 1970s, for Jim Warren's Warren Publishing magazines Eerie, Creepy, ...

Race in SF

Racial matters have long been a very highly charged category of Politics. Early science-fictional discussion of the problems of race relations would often distance the issues by a metaphorical transfer to the imaginary or Alien societies of Lost Worlds and other planets, since serious speculation tended to be swamped by anxious fantasies – notably the spectre of the ...

Measday, Stephen

(1950-    ) Australian author and scriptwriter for various media, most significantly for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, his Television including The Time Game (1993), which he novelized as his first tale of sf interest, The Time Game (1993). The News on Aliens (1997), part of the otherwise nonfantastic Rick Street Roving Reporter sequence, deals with the discovery of ...

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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