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Kamkondo, Dede

Working name of the acclaimed and versatile Malawian author Wisdom C Kamkondo (1957-2006), who studied sociology, literature and linguistics in Malawi and Wales, and was later a lecturer at the University of Malawi. He also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, USAid, etc. In 1995 he came to the US on a Fullbright scholarship to study at Michigan State University, but did not complete his studies owing to illness. Versatile, and acclaimed during his lifetime, he wrote numerous short ...

White, T H

(1906-1964) Indian-born author, in the UK from the age of five, where he was raised by relatives; his overwhelming nostalgia for a lost England expressed itself vividly throughout his nonfiction, as well as in his two best-known fictional works, the nonfantastic Farewell Victoria (1933), and The Once and Future King (omni/novel 1958), a superlative tragicomic fantasia on Le Morte Darthur (written before 1471; 1485) by Sir Thomas Malory (1415/1418-1471). The Once and Future King is sometimes ...

Davis, Brett

(?   -    ) US newspaper reporter from 1989, with Aerospace Daily (2001-2005) and subsequently with backfence.com, whose Bone Wars sequence of sf novels, Bone Wars (1998) and Two Tiny Claws (1999), amusingly sets two historical nineteenth-century paleontologists – Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897) and Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899) – against each other in Montana in a search for Dinosaur fossils; events are complicated by the arrival of at least ...

Sapkowski, Andrzej

(1948-    ) Polish Fantasy author who has published only two sf stories, but whose work has become first nationally then internationally nearly as successful as that of Stanisław Lem and had an unprecedented impact on Polish Fantastika of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. / Sapkowski was born and raised in Łódź, a major industrial centre whose multicultural character and tradition (until World War Two it was populated by Poles, ...

Vidphone

One of the oldest and once most commonly used items of sf Terminology. Early hack writers, casting around for ways of making the future seem more different and exciting than the present, generally hit upon the vidphone before anything else – though Hugo Gernsback in Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660 (April 1911-March 1912 Modern Electrics; exp as fixup 1925; rev 1950) called it the Telephot. It was long one of sf's many futuristic Clichés. In the 1979 edition of this ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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