Gianluigi Zuddas

Gianluigi Zuddas (born 1943) is an Italian author and translator of science fiction. His first novel, Amazon, won a Premio Italia prize.

Biography

Zuddas was born at Carpi, near Modena, but moved to Livorno with his family when he was very young and many biographies list the latter as his birthplace. His father was a non-commissioned navy officer. He was a keen reader of Salgari, Zane Grey and Steinbeck as a child and took a liking to Frederik Pohl and Robert Sheckley's sociological science fiction and Jack Vance's stories in his early teens.

He tried his hand at various jobs, such as metal worker, mechanic, technician in medical radiology, and painter, before deciding for writing fantasy stories. His first novel, Amazon, won a prize in Italy. After 1989 translation jobs did not leave enough time for him to go on with his own writing, though a new novel of his, C'era una volta un computer ("There Was Once a Computer"), came out in 2006, being reprinted on Urania in the following year; in this novel Zuddas reviews, remakes and expands on his previous story, "Le armi della Lupa".

In Zuddas' stories the main character is usually female. His Amazons are not like the unreal ones readers and movie goers generally see in other works. He puts in effort to try to make them realistic.

Zuddas considers his Amazon stories as heroic fantasies, too. He prefers human-centered explanations to events and phenomena where some try to find extraterrestrial sources.

Works

Novels

  • Amazon (1978)
  • Balthis, l'avventuriera (1983)
  • Le amazzoni del Sud (1983)
  • Stella di Gondwana (1983)
  • Le guerrieri degli abissi (1983)
  • Il volo dell'angelo (1984)
  • Le armi della Lupa (1989)
  • C'era una volta un computer (2006)

Short stories

  • "L'amazzone e il sacerdote" (1979)
  • "Per cercare Aurade" (1981)
  • "Mitis degli Alicorni" (1982)
  • "Babeeri" (1982)
  • "Il ritorno di Lupa Bianca" (1984)
  • "Luci di cristallo"(1985)

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Eurocon

Eurocon is an annual science fiction convention held in Europe. The organising committee of each Eurocon is selected by vote of the participants of the previous event. The procedure is coordinated by the European Science Fiction Society. The first Eurocon was held in Trieste, Italy, in 1972. Unlike Worldcons, Eurocon is usually a title attached to an existing convention. The European SF Awards are given in most of the conventions giving recognition to the best works and achievements in science fiction.

Gianluigi

Gianluigi is an Italian masculine given name meaning "John Louis". It is often an abbreviation of "Giovanni Luigi". Famous people with this given name include:

Gianluigi Braschi- Italian film producer

Gianluigi Buffon- Italian footballer

Gianluigi Donnarumma- Italian footballer

Gianluigi Gelmetti- Italian conductor

Gianluigi Lentini- Italian footballer, once the most expensive player

Gianluigi Scalvini- Italian motorcycle road racer

Gianluigi Trovesi- Italian jazz saxophonist

Gianluigi Zuddas- Italian author

Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane is a fictional character created by the pulp-era writer Robert E. Howard. A late 16th–early 17th century Puritan, Solomon Kane is a somber-looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms. His adventures, published mostly in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, often take him from Europe to the jungles of Africa and back.

Howard described him as a tall, sombre and gloomy man of pale skin, gaunt face and cold eyes, all of it shadowed by a slouch hat. He is dressed entirely in black and his weaponry usually consists of a rapier, a dirk, and a brace of flintlock pistols. During one of his later adventures his friend N'Longa, an African shaman, gave him a juju staff that served as a protection against evil but could easily be wielded as a weapon. It is revealed in another story, "The Footfalls Within", that this is the mythical Staff of Solomon, a talisman older than the Earth and unimaginably powerful, much more so than even N'Longa knew. In the same adventure with N'Longa, Kane is seen using a musket as well.

When Weird Tales published the story "Red Nails", featuring Conan the Barbarian, the editors introduced it as a tale of "a barbarian adventurer named Conan, remarkable for his sheer force of valor and brute strength. Its author, Robert E. Howard, is already a favorite with the readers of this magazine for his stories of Solomon Kane, the dour English Puritan and redresser of wrongs".

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