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Miller, P Schuyler

(1912-1974) US critic, amateur archaeologist and author; an MSc in chemistry, he did research for a time and from 1952 until his death worked as a technical writer. He remains best known in the sf world for his book reviews in Astounding Science-Fiction, which first appeared in 1945 and became a regular monthly feature in October 1951 under a surtitle, The Reference Library, and continued until his death, the last instalment appearing in January 1975. He was not ...

Huizinga, Johan

(1872-1945) Dutch historian, linguist, and philosopher who is best known internationally for two books. In Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen: Studie over Levens- en Gedachtenvormen der 14de en 15de Eeuw in Frankrijk en de Nederlanden (1919; cut trans Frits Hopman as The Waning of the Middle Ages 1924; full trans Diane Webb as Autumntide of the Middle Ages [for subtitles see Checklist below] 2020), an emphasis on aesthetically heightened romantic courtesy and ...

Hemingway, Amanda

(1955-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Alchemist" for Introduction 7: Stories by New Writers (anth 1981) edited anonymously, that year's issue of the Faber and Faber Introduction series. Her first novel, Pzyche (1982), focuses on an uncomfortable and virginal young woman brought up in isolation on a mineral-rich, art-obsessed planet, where – under the supervision of her father (see ...

Cohen, Bernard

(1963-    ) US-born author, in Australia since his family moved there while he was an infant. Besides some mainstream work he wrote Snowdome (1998), a complex tale comparing, through parallel storylines, the congested noise-contaminated Sydney of 1998, and a Dystopian future in which Sydney has been depopulated, except for the sound of reproduced voices in museums, giving tourists a viewpoint on the dead past. The title refers to ...

Sutton, Lee

(1916-1978) US librarian and author of Venus Boy (1955), a Young Adult tale set on Venus; its young protagonist, the first human born on the planet, establishes a close relationship with a Venusian "bear", and save each other from predators, both native and imported from Earth. [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 ...

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