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Holm, Sven

(1940-2019) Danish author who worked in various modes, from realism to Kafka-inspired modernism. His one sf work, Termush, Atlanterhavskysten (1967; trans Sylvia Clayton as Termush 1969), tells of the Post-Holocaust psychological problems encountered by a group of rich survivors dwelling in their luxury shelter after a nuclear World War Three. While bona fide sf, Termush is also a parable of the alienation of modern, materialistic Man. [ND/JC]

Pausacker, Jenny

(1948-    ) Australian author of books for the Young Adult market, mostly not sf, though Fast Forward (1989), for younger readers, is an sf tale. The Rings (1997) is horror, and The Perfect Princess (2003), in the Quentaris Chronicles Shared World enterprise, is fantasy. [JC]

Story, Jack Trevor

(1917-1991) UK author who remains best known for his first novel, The Trouble with Harry (1949), not sf, which was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1955. The rumours that he wrote several of the Volsted Gridban sf novels are unverified, but certainly he did produce many pseudonymous books over the first decade or so of his career, including several Westerns, all nonfantastic. His openly acknowledged work included some remarkable tales for the Sexton Blake Library, to which he contributed nearly ...

Malraux, André

(1901-1976) French statesman, adventurer and author whose La Voie royale (1930; trans Stuart Gilbert as The Royal Way 1935) conveys a slightly peripheral Lost World atmosphere as its spiritually ambitious protagonist travel further and further into a heart of darkness in Cambodia and Laos, searching for a mysterious lost guru. [JC]


Pseudonym of the unidentified US author (?   -?   ) of The Dancing Imps of the Wine; Or, Stories and Fables (coll 1880), which contains some fantasies, and Adventures of an Atom: Its Autobiography, by Itself (1880), a Tale of Circulation made up of a series of interwoven anecdotes narrated by the eponymous entity, which it declares of itself (see Great and Small; Scientific Errors) "is the last and final subdivision of matter". This atom – more a sprite than ...

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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