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De Sélènes, Pierre

Pseudonym of French author A Bétolaud La Drable (?   -?   ), which means something like "of the Moon". Un Monde Inconnu: Deux Ans sur la Lune (1896; trans Brian Stableford as An Unknown World: Two Years on the Moon 2014), is an unauthorized sequel (see Sequels by Other Hands) to Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and its own sequel, Around the Moon (1870), featuring Verne's characters, the Gun Club, and a similar propulsion system. On the Moon, ...

Ikin, Van

(1951-    ) Australian academic, editor and author who began publishing sf stories with "The Living Water" for Pocket Man in 1968, and published short work with some frequency for the next two decades. In 1977, he founded Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature, which he edited until 1997. He also edited three anthologies: Australian Science Fiction (anth 1982), which includes a long historical survey; Glass Reptile Breakout; and Other Australian Speculative ...

Hodgart, Matthew

(1916-1996) UK academic, Professor of English at Sussex University from 1964. His continuation of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), A New Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms [for subtitle see Checklist] (1969 chap), is a Satire on the 1960s upheavals in higher education in the UK. [JC] see also: Gulliver. /

Loudon, Jane

(1807-1858) UK author of many books on popular natural history and gardening, and of The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1827 3vols; rev 1828), published anonymously. Like Mary Shelley a decade earlier, she wrote her novel while still a teenager; the eponymous mummy, though clearly monstrous, arouses some of the same threatening ambivalence as Shelley's Frankenstein Monster. Around this figure, and through a somewhat melodramatic plot – the Mummy of Cheops conspires with a ...

de Bodard, Aliette

(1982-    ) US-born software engineer and author, her background being French and Vietnamese, in France from the age of one; her first language is French but she has always written in English. She began to publish work of genre interest with "A Warrior's Death" in Shimmer for Spring 2006, and has rapidly come into prominence for her short fiction: "The Shipmaker" (November 2010 Interzone) which won a BSFA Award for best short fiction; "Immersion" (June 2012 Clarkesworld) ...

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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