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Simsa, Cyril

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(1960-    ) UK teacher and author, in the Czech Republic from 1992, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Adam the Antigen" in Matrix for December 1977 (see British Science Fiction Association). Much of his work engages with fantasy and horror topoi through Alternate World frames, implied or explicit, as with the tales assembled in Lost Cartographies: Tales of Another Europe (2014). In the longest of these, "Imbibing History" in Darkness Rising (anth 2005) edited by L H Maynard and M P N Sims, a perhaps implausibly independent young female geologist encounters in Hungary in 1897 an ancient Vampire whose Immortality seems to have a genetic base; they converse with each other equably, and she survives. "On the Feast of Stephen" (22 January 2013 World SF Blog) Equipoisally recounts the rebirth of a barbarous Good King Wenceslas [for Once and Future King see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] whose mission, to save the planet in an era of galloping Climate Change, is fulfilled through the decimation of the human race. Simsa's stories, sometimes rough-edged, are sharply pointed. [JC]

Cyril Simsa

born London: 24 January 1960



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