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Levinson, Paul

(1947-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Best Seller" for Fresh Ink in 1991, a tale assembled with other early work as Bestseller: Wired, Analog, and Digital Writings (coll 1999). The Phil D'Amato sequence of sf detective thrillers comprises The Silk Code (1999), which won a Locus Award for First Novel, The Consciousness Plague (2002) and The Pixel Eye (2003); in these novels the sf element sometimes drowns out any presumed Equipoise between ...

Hammond, Aubrey

(1894-1940) UK set designer, art director and illustrator, well known in these capacities; in active service during World War One. His first film as art director, Hyde Park Corner (1935), directed by Sinclair Hill, is Fantasy. Hammond is of importance as an sf illustrator almost solely for one work, his remarkably strong wraparound Art Deco cover for the first English translation of Thea von Harbou's Metropolis (1926; trans 1927). Its menacingly iconic conflation of the Robot/Android and the ...

Libraries

Libraries inevitably feature from time to time in Genre SF and other Fantastika, as repositories of knowledge and power-houses of Education in SF. A famous mathematical Thought Experiment is the unthinkably vast yet provably finite Total Library containing all book-length permutations of letters and numerals, and thus all possible books. This was proposed by Kurd Laßwitz in "Die Universalbibliothek" ["The Universal Library"] (in Traumkristalle, coll 1901), cited by Jorge Luis Borges in ...

McComas, J Francis

(1911-1978) US editor and author who published a number of sf stories under his own name – including "Shock Treatment" (in 9 Tales of Space and Time, anth 1954, ed Raymond J Healy) and "Parallel" (April 1955 F&SF) – and as Webb Marlowe. He was co-editor with Raymond J Healy of the thirty-five-story Anthology Adventures in Time and Space: An Anthology of Modern Science-Fiction Stories (anth 1946; cut 1952; differently cut 1953; cut vt Selections from Adventures in Time and Space ...

de Lautrec, Gabriel

(1867-1938) French author, cousin of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) whose short fiction, assembled in works like Poèmes en Prose (coll 1898), Les Histoires de Tom Joë (coll 1920) (see Club Story) and La Vengeance du portrait ovale (coll 1922; trans by Brian Stableford with excerpts from the previous two as The Vengeance of the Oval Portrait and Other Stories coll 2011); sometimes couched as dreams, de Lautrec's fiction often Satirizes a world centred in Paris through Near ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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