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Jong, Erica

(1942-    ) US poet and author, best known for the Feminist energy of her first novel, Fear of Flying (1971). Her only tale of genre interest, Serenissima: A Novel of Venice (1987; vt Shylock's Daughter: A Novel of Love in Venice 2003), is a Timeslip tale with some sf language inattentively buttressing the premise. The protagonist finds herself haunted amid the playfully sketched glitterati of the Venice film festival – where she has arrived to star in a film version ...

Audiozine

An audiozine is a magazine that is provided in spoken or aural form. Until the arrival of the internet, where the podzine took on the role, such magazines were rare, particularly in the sf world. In fact the only one of note was The Centauri Express which was issued as a single ninety-minute audiocassette, featuring adaptations of both new and previously published stories performed by the Radio Theatre Company of Atlanta, Georgia. It had five releases between September 1987 and April 1990. In ...

Gadallah, Leslie

(1939-    ) Canadian author best known for her Empire of Kaz sequence – starting with Cat's Pawn (1987) – in which a human protagonist becomes involved with the eponymous catlike Alien Orioni, themselves involved in a desperate war against the invading Kazi, who dominate much of the Galaxy by the end of the second volume, which ends on an unusual downbeat, suggesting that further volumes may have been projected. The Loremasters (1988; vt The Legend of Sarah 2014 ...

Harrison, Troon

(1958-    ) Canadian author, initially of picture books for children, more recently of Young Adult novels; she is deft with horses. The Tales of Terre sequence [see Checklist] is fantasy. Of sf interest is Eye of the Wolf (2003), set in a Dystopian North America a century hence as it faces a new Ice Age, the young protagonist, whose mother has been inveigled into the warm South, experiences the evolving world in her quest to find her. [JC]

Martin, John

(1789-1854) UK painter and illustrator with a spectacularly melodramatic imagination, whose vast canvases depicting cataclysmic biblical scenes of Disaster and the End of the World have informed much modern fantasy Illustration. Even his delicate mezzotint illustrations for such editions as Paradise Lost (1824) by John Milton (1608-1674) have an epic quality. His paintings typically feature multitudes of tiny figures and fantastic architecture under turbulent skies; Ray Harryhausen acknowledged ...

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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