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Abbey, Edward

(1927-1989) US author, known equally for his controversial nonfiction studies of the ruining of the American West, and for the novels, written late in his career, jeremiads about the future of our planet that – at times melodramatically – advocate a form of armed resistance against the corporate buy-out of the world. The most famous of these late books is The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975; rev 1985), which Terry Bisson's Time-Travel novella Dear Abbey (2003) and Percival Everett's ...

Sinyavsky, Andrey

(1925-1997) Russian dissident author and literary critic who published the manuscripts he smuggled into the West in the late 1950s and early 1960s under the name Abram Tertz. His identity became known when the Soviet authorities arrested him in 1966 and subjected him, along with his friend and fellow dissident Yuli Daniel (who wrote as Nikolai Arzhak), to a show trial; both were imprisoned; after his release, Sinyavsky was permitted to emigrate to France in 1973, where he found a position at ...

Uncanny Tales

1. A US weird-menace Pulp magazine published by Manvis Publications, New York, and edited by Robert O Erisman (uncredited); five issues, April/May 1939 to May 1940. The first issue is volume 2, number 6, because it was a retitling of Star Detective, another weird-menace pulp, which had run from May 1935 to November 1938. It was a companion to Marvel Science Stories, and bore the usual lurid covers showing a young woman being tortured, or worse. Two of the covers had science-fiction features, ...

Wise, Clement

(?   -?   ) UK author of a very mildly fictionalized Utopia, Darkness and Dawn (1884) anonymous, which argues for universal state ownership of all goods, on a Christian basis; the descriptions of working conditions in factories is powerful. [JC]

Lewis, Oscar

(1893-1992) US editor and author active from 1912 as an author of magazine stories for boys; not to be confused with the anthropologist Oscar Lewis (1914-1970). His Alternate-History novel, The Lost Years: A Biographical Fantasy (1951), depicts through the recorded reactions of contemporaries the last years of Abraham Lincoln in a world where he was never assassinated. [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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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