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Bester, Alfred

(1913-1987) US editor and author, born in New York, a city with which he was always closely associated, his first two sf novels – on which his reputation increasingly depends – both being largely set in a vividly presented future New York. Educated in both humanities and sciences – including Psychology, perhaps the most important "science" in his sf – Bester entered sf when he submitted a story to Thrilling Wonder Stories. Mort Weisinger, the editor, helped Bester to ...

Benelux

The Benelux consists of three nations: the Netherlands (Holland), Belgium and Luxembourg. The Dutch language is spoken in the Netherlands and in the northern part of Belgium, called Flanders. The French-speaking southern and eastern part of Belgium is called Wallonia. In the field of literature Flanders and the Netherlands are one domain, and the same can be said for Wallonia and France. Flemish (from Flanders) and Walloon (from Wallonia) authors are mostly published, respectively, in the ...

Brooks-Dalton, Lily

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Good Morning, Midnight (2016), depicts a Near Future that may have been brought to silence by a Disaster, though none is specified. The main protagonist, an astronomer entering old age on Earth, seems convinced at points that he is the Last Man left, though he is soon involved in keeping a small girl alive in his abandoned observatory. Seemingly at the same point in time, the crew of an exploratory Spaceship, having ...

Shirow Masamune

Pen-name and preferred romanization of Masanori Oda (1961-    ), a publicity-shy Japanese comics artist crucial to the dissemination of Manga into the international market. Beginning with Areopagus Arther (1980 Atlas), Shirow was published in the fanzine Atlas, home to his early work until he was reprinted by professional publishers. Shirow's meteoric rise in the 1980s found him catching the zeitgeist both in Japan and abroad, beginning with his comic "Black Magic" (1983 ...

Copley, Frank Barkley

(1875-1941) US author – best known for his adulatory Frederick W Taylor: Father of Scientific Management (1923 2vols) – in whose The Impeachment of President Israels (1913) a Near Future Jewish US president is impeached for refusing on ethical grounds to make war on Germany, but is vindicated. [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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