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Slater, Philip

(1927-2013) US academic (who abandoned his career as a professor of sociology in 1971), actor, playwright and author who remains best known for such acute analyses of Western culture as The Pursuit of Loneliness (1970) and Earthwalk (1974). His How I Saved the World (1985), about nuclear Disaster, reiterates in spoof-thriller guise the lessons urged in his nonfiction; en passant he mocks conspiracy theories, occult divinations, the counter-culture, establishment culture, and much else. [JC]

Bullett, Gerald

(1893-1958) UK broadcaster, poet and author, in active service during World War One, active as an author from 1916 or earlier, and as a broadcaster from April 1926, when he was the first author to read a story of his own composition on the BBC; he also wrote as by Sebastian Fox. Much of his short fiction contains fantasy elements, often with a surreal edge [for details on fantasy stories by Bullett, and for Crosshatch and Faerie below, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of his ...

Fort, Charles

(1874-1932) US journalist and author whose first work, The Outcast Manufacturers (1909), is a novel only remotely connected to his later interests. He also wrote numerous usually realistic, and often humorous, short stories including a satirical fantasy, "A Radical Corpuscle" (March 1906 Tom Watson's Magazine), before settling into the work for which he is remembered. Working from extensive notes collected mainly from newspapers, magazines and scientific journals, Fort compiled a series of ...

Binder, Jack

Working name of Yanos [John] Ronald Binder (1902-1988), US illustrator born in Austria-Hungary, brother of Earl and Otto Binder (see Eando Binder), in the USA from 1910; he sometimes signed his artwork as Binder only. He was active for seven years in the Pulp magazines, illustrating some 130 stories and serial instalments, beginning with black-and-white interior artwork for four stories in Weird Tales for April 1935; his final such appearance (excluding reprints) was in Astounding for April ...

Siegel, Jerry

(1914-1996) US author and sf fan who in late 1929 or early 1930 founded and issued what may have been the first sf Fanzine or proto-Amateur Magazine (which see), Cosmic Stories; of the typewritten carbon copies circulated among friends in Cleveland, Ohio, none is known to have survived and its historical status is uncertain. In October 1932, with the illustrator Joe Shuster (1914-1992), he issued the unquestionable Fanzine Science Fiction, one of the earliest occasions on which the term was ...

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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