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Andres Vaccari: Locus/Contento Lists: Translations: * "Borges on Mars, by Jorge Luís Borges" [Abaddon, no.1, 1998] nonfiction article Geoffrey Vace, pseudonym for Hugh B. Cave Jacques Vache (1895-1919): artist friend of Andre Breton, who committed suicide as a gesture of contempt against society. vade mecum: [Latin: "go with me"] portable handbook or manual. Sanford Vaid, pseudonym for Arthur W. Tucker & Dorothy Les Tina Urvashi Vaid: Locus/Contento Lists: Nonfiction: * "Outing is Coercion Not Liberation" [Gauntlet, no.2, 1991] Linda Vail: Contemporary Romance Novels: * Moonlight and Mistletoe [Dec 1989] * Star Spangled Lover * Unmasked Passion [Ovy 1989] * Fool's Paradise [CER #160, July 1983] * The Best Things in Life [CER #243, June 1984] * Amber Persuasion [CER #289, Nov 1984] * Magic Touch [CER #319, Mar 1985] * Prized Possession [CES #75, May 1985] * Choices and Chances [CES #96, Oct 1985] * Night Shadow [CES #107, Jan 1986] * Treasure for a Lifetime [CES #118, Apr 1986] * Shadows of the Heart [CES #129, July 1986] * My Darling Pretender [CES #144, Oct 1986] * Shattered Secrets [CES #158, Feb 1987] * A Secret Arrangement [CES #171, May 1987] * Loving Charade [CES #179, July 1987] Romantic Suspense Novels: * My Wicked Valentine [Feb 1989] Vaishnava: those Hindus who worship Vishnu as the chief god of the Hindu Pantheon. Rajnar Vajra: Associate Member of Science Fiction Writers of America: Locus/Contento Lists: M. Christine Valada, Esq.: Lifetime Active Member of Science Fiction Writers of America photographer and legal expert on intellectual property; known for her wonderful collection of portrait photographs of science fiction authors, which she exhibits at conventions, and her expertise in particular on copyright issues for visual media. [E-mail address removed at her request] Ivy Valcour: Romance Novels: * Chase a Dark Shadow * Cristina's Fantasy * The Drury Affair [see Ivy Valdes] * Gift from a Stranger * It Happened in Spain * Over My Shoulder * Sheila's Dilemma * Sylvia's Daughter Vanessa Valcour: Romance Novels: * Play It By Heart [SC #121, May 1983] Ivy Valdes: Gothic Romance Novels: * The Drury Affair [see Ivy Valcour] Leah Vale: Member of Romance Writers of America; website; Romance Novels: * The Rich Man's Baby [Harlequin #924, May 2002] * The Rich Girl Goes Wild [Harlequin #936, Aug 2002] * Big-Bucks Bachelor [Harlequin #957, Feb 2003] Rena M. Vale: (1898-?): American author: * Beyond the Sealed World [Paperback Library, 1965] dystopian * Taurus Four [Paperback Library, 1970] * The Day After Doomsday [Paperback Library, 1970] Romance Novels: * {to be done} Jack Valenti: former assistant to U.S. President Lydon B. Johnson; now is de facto the leading lobbyist for the motion picture industry Justine Valenti: Romance Novels: * Valentine: (1) Hero of Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona"; (2) Margaret's brother in Goethe's "Faust" and Gounod's opera; (3) Heroine of Myerbeer's opera :The Huguenots"; (4) character in romance "Valentine and Orson", first published in French (1489), then English (1550), and later in numerous ballads and plays. The two characters are legendary twin sons of Bellisant and Alexander of Constantinople. Orson is lost, and raised by a bear. Valentine is raised at Pepin's court. Valentine later civilizes and knights Orson. Pacolet rescues the two from the giant Ferragus. Valentine marries the giant's sister, Clerimond. Jimmy Valentine: burgler hero of O. Henry's short story "A Retrieved Reformation"; adapted to a 1909 Paul Armstrong play "Alias Jimmy Valentine" Laura Valentine: Locus/Contento Lists: Short Fiction: * "Little Red Riding Hood" [The Old, Old Fairy Tales, 1889; The Mammoth Book of Fairy Tales, ed. Mike Ashley, Robinson, 1997] Victor Valentine, British author * Cure for Death [London: Sidgwick Jackson, 1960] SF novel about immortality see: IMMORTALITY: Those who live forever, or try to Terri Valentine: Romance Novels: * Zena Valentine: Romance Novels: * Donna Valentino: Romance Novels: * Justine Valenti: Romance Novels: * Luisa Valenzuela (1938-): Locus/Contento Lists: Books: * Symmetries [Serpent's Tail, 1998] story collection translated by Margaret Jull Costa * {to be done} Paul Valery (1871-1945): see Science Fiction POETRY Valhalla: [Norse: "hall of the slain"] Odin's home in heaven for dead heroes, who eternally feats, and drink ale and mead served in the skulls of those they conquered. see: Valkyries see: Scandanavian Pantheon Vali: (1) guardian of Justice in Scandanavian Pantheon; (2) other name of "Lifthrasir" ("Desiring Life") who, with mate Lif ("Life") was to start a new human race after Ragnarok. Lif killed Fenris at Ragnarok, avenging the death of Odin. Jean Valjean: hero of Hugo's "Les Miserables" Jeffrey Valka: Locus/Contento Lists: Short Fiction: * "Heart's Desire" [Pirate Writings, no.15, 1997] Valkyries: [Norse = "choosers of the slain"] Odin's attendants or daughters in Germanic myth, who come to the battlefield and carry heroic fighters at death for transportation to Valhalla, the chief of whom is Brynhild. see: Valhalla Valley of the Shadow of Death: see "Pilgrim's Progress" Lorraine Valley: Romance Novels: * Valmiki: legendary author of the Ramayana. see "Ramayana" Valmouth: novel (1918) by Ronald Firbank. Fantasy of a village in England where gay hero marries African-american bride. Adapted to musical comedy (1958). Vamana: see Avatar Vamen, or Vamena: see "Vishnu" Vamp: verb derived from "Vampire", meaning to flirt intensely Vampire: (1) originally a Slavonic legend of heretics' or criminals' ghosts who rise from the dead as bats to suck the blood of the living, who then become vampires; (2) used by various authors in literature, such as Lord Byron ["The Giaour"] and then definitively by Bram Stoker in the novel "Dracula" [1897], which was probably derived from a combination of the legend, the historical Vlad V of Wallachia (1456-1476), a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, and the Countess Bathori, arrested in 1620 for murdering girls and reveling in their blood. "Dracula" derives from Vlad's being one of the Order of the Dragon, yet "dracul" also means "devil" in Rumanian. see: Bram Stoker see: HORROR Mrs. Violet [Gundry] Van Der Elst (1882-1966) wealthy British crusader to eliminate capital punishment, and notable paranormal eccentric who founded her own publishing firm (Van Der Elst Press) with which she published her own fiction, including "The Brain Masters" (1947?), "The Mummy Comes to Life" (1945), "The Satanic Power" (1945), "The Secret Power" (1945), and "The Strange Doctor and Other Mystic Stories" (1945), plus one collection of weird stories "The Torture Chamber" (London: Dodge Press, 1937) Laurens Van der Post (1906-): author of South Africa, with some minor Fantasy elements (in the beliefs of Bushmen and other tribes). Karen Van Der Zee: Romance Novels: * S. S. Van Dine, pseudonym for Willard H. Wright (Mystery author) Carl Van Doren (1885-1950): editor/critic/author, brother of Mark Van Doren, played key role in establishing American Literature in university curricula. His biography of Benjamin Franklin (1938) won a Pulitzer prize, and is better reading than many Roamnce or Science Fiction novels, with its amazing central scientist/diplomat/author protagonist. Carl Van Doren's autobiography "Three Worlds" (1936) sounds like Science Fiction, but isn't. John Van Druten, full name John William Van Druten (1901-1957): Playwright from England, became American citizen; best known for "I am a Camera" [1952 dramatization of Christopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories], he's listed here for: * Bell, Book and Candle [Fantasy/Theology plot] Inez van Dulleman: Locus/Contento lists: Short Fiction: * "After the Hurricane" [The Dedalus Book of Dutch Fantasy, ed. Richard Huijing, Dedalus, 1993; "Na de Orkaan", Een Kamer op de Himalaya, 1990.; translated by Richard Huijing] see: NETHERLANDS Henry Van Dyke, full name Henry Jackson Van Dyke (10 Nov 1852-10 Apr 1933): American clergyman/teacher/poet, brother of Paul Van Dyke (prominent historian) and author of fantasy story collection: * The Blue Flower [New York: Scribners, 1902] Edith Van Dyne, pseudonym for L. Frank Baum Karen Van Every Frost: Romance Novels: * Dale Van Every: Romance Novels: * Robert Van Gulik (1910-1967): Netherlands author of oriental Fantasy Victoria Van Hail: Romance Novels: * Cynthia Van Hazinga: Romance Novels: * Hollie Van Horne: Romance Novels: * Eileen Van Kirk: Romance Novels: * Antonia Van Loon: Romance Novels: * Hendrik Willem Van Loon [1882-1944]: American journalist/historian/ radio commentator, History instructor at various US universities, born in the Netherlands, Assistant Editor of the Baltimore Sun [1924-?], listed here for miscellaneous children's books (some with Fantasy element) and popularized survey books (self-illustrated) which influenced generations of adventure-story and Fantasy authors, including: * Ancient Man [1920] * The Story of Mankind [1921] * The Story of the Bible [1923] * Ships and How They Sailed the Seven Seas [1935] * Van Loon's Lives [1942] * others {to be done} Eric Van Lustbader (1946-): American author, wife is SF editor Victoria Schochet, also writes as Eric Lustbader, oriental martial-arts Fantasy: * The "Sunset Warrior" trilogy * The Sunset Warrior [Doubleday, 1977] * Shallows of Night [Doubleday, 1978] * Beneath an Opal Moon [1980] * The "Nicholas Linnear" novels: * The Ninja [1980] * The Miko [1984] * White Ninja [1990] * The Kaisho [1993] * Floating City [1994] * The Second Skin [1995] * The "China Maroc" novels: * Jian [1985] * Shan [1986] * Black Heart [1983] * Zero [1987] * French Kiss [1989] * Angel Eyes [1991] * Black Blade [1993] Joan Van Nuys: Romance Novels: * Cynthia Van Rooy: Romance Novels: * Emily Van Schelt: Romance Novels: * Sydney Van Scyoc: Sydney J. Van Scyoc * Assignment Nor'Dyren [Avon, 1973] * Saltflower [Avon, 1971] * Starmother [Berkley Putnam, 1976; Science Fiction Book Club; Berkley] * Cloud Cry [Berkley Putnam, 1977; Science Fiction Book Club; Berkley] * more {to be done} Helen Van Slyke: Romance Novels: * Pat Van Wie: Romance Novels: * Mona Van Wieren: Romance Novels: * Laura Van Wormer: Romance Novels: * Bonnie Vanak: Member of Romance Writers of America; website; Vivian Vande Velde (1951-): Author of Fantasy for children, and revised modern versions for children and adults of fairy tales: * Once Upon a Test [1984] chapbook * Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird [1955] story collection * A Hidden Magic [1985] witch versus warlock * A Well-Timed Enchantment [1990] time travel fantasy * User Unfriendly [1991] fiction about Fantasy gaming * Dragon's Bait [1992] witch and dragon * Companions of the Night [1995] vampire e-mail Vivian Vande Velde Romance Novels: * {to be done} Aola Vandergriff: Romance Novels: * Isabel Vandervelde: Romance Novels: * Sir Henry Vane (1613-1662): English governor of Massachusetts, friend of Cromwell, listed here only because he appears as himself in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1837 story "Howe's Masquerade" Sutton Vane (1888-1963): Playwright from England, listed here only for a play he wrote at age 26, was a hit in London and New York, has been revived, and has been adapted for film at least twice: * Outward Bound [1923] see: Afterlife odd assortment of passengers on nearly-deserted ship come to realize that they are dead, and travelling on their way to heaven or hell: "it's the same place." Vanir: in Norse mythology, the gods of nature, led by water god Njord, at war with the Aesir, until a hostage exchange brought peace between the two species of gods. see: Scandanavian Pantheon Vanity Fair: (1) in John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress", a year-round fair created by Apollyon, Beelzebub, and Legion to encourage all greed and lust; (2) partial title of novel by Thackeray [Vanity Fair: a Novel without a Hero; 1847]; (3) American magazine. see: Bunyan see: Thackeray Suzette Vann: Romance Novels: * Peter Vansittart (1920-): British SF/Fantasy author: * I Am the World: A Romance [1942] DYSTOPIA: really, really bad futures (opposite of "Utopia") * The Story Teller [1968] * Lancelot [1978] * The Death of Robin Hood [1981] * Parsifal [1988] * A Safe Conduct [1995] Young Adult Story Collections: * The Dark Tower: Tales from the Past [1965] * The Shadow Land: More Stories from the Past [1967] Varaha: see Avatar; see Vishnu Daniel Vare, Italy-born Scotland-resident diplomat/author, time-travel novel "The Doge's Ring" (London: Methuen, 1949) Dalia Vargas: Romance Novels: * Dr. Devendra P. Varma, Canadian expert on Gothic novels, with publications including the definitive "Gothic Flame" (London: A.Barker, 1957) Linda Varner: Romance Novels: * Marcus Terentius Varro (116 B.C.-circa 27 B.C.): the most knowledgable and prolific Roman author, who wrote over 120 volumes on all subjects. Although the Isaac Asimov of his day, only one of his works survives intact ("De re rustica libri III", three books on farming) and 6 volumes of "De lingua latina", on the Latin language). Varuna: in the early Hindu myth cycle"The Rig Veda": brother of Mitra (an Adityas, mythically associated with the Sun) who shines at night, and is mythically associated with the Moon. He is shown as a white man astride a sea monster, with a club in one hand and a rope in the other, who sees all, directs the seasons, commands the rainfall. Along with Indra, he was the greatest god in the Vedic era (circa 4000 B.C.), but later eras restricted his powers to a Hindu equivalent of Neptune. see: Hindu Pantheon Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574): painter/critic/architect of Italy, not a Fantasy figure directly, but listed here because his widely popularized concept of reviving the fine arts helped to mold the Renaissance, that era so important to the dawn of Science Fiction and Fantasy and to the settings of some Historical Romance novels Vashti, a.k.a. Esther I, the queen deposed for disobedience by King Ahasuerus, who (when drunk) ordered his chamberlains to fetch her to the banquet hall, so that he might show off her beauty to his guests, which she refused to do (in a proto-Feminist way) [Esther 1:10-19] Freda Vasilos: Romance Novels: * Vathek: eponymous hero of the novel [1786] by William Beckford (1760-1844) a mighty oriental caliph (9th of the Abbasside dynasty) lured into crime by Carathis (his Greek sorcerer mother), eventually pledging allegiance to Eblis (the Devil) and doomed as a result. He get's what the devil promised him: the throne of the pre-Adamite sultans, but discovers that it is an abode of perpetual torture. In the final scene, we see the hearts of the newsly damned being set aflame with infernal fire. Vatican City: ruled by the Pope, this city-state enclave within Italy has the world's best library of early novels S. H. Vatsyayan (1913-?): major poet/novelist of India, mostly under the pseudonym "Agyeya" ("unknown"), some of whose 25+ books allegedly have a Fantasy component Henry Vaughan (1622-1695): major Metaphysical Poet of England, born in Wales, listed here because his mystical conception of Nature influenced Wordsworth. Herbert Millingchamp Vaughan (1870-31 July 1948) British historian who also wrote metaphysical fantasy "Nephelococcygia, or Letters from Paradise" (1929) Hilda Vaughan [Mrs. Charles Morgan] (1892-?) Welsh novelist/playwright, best known for her realistic novels of Welsh life, but listed here for: * Iron and Gold [London: Macmillan, 1948] Fantasy novel Susan Vaughan: Member of Romance Writers of America; website; Vivian Vaughan: Romance Novels: * Dona Vaughn: Romance Novels: * Evelyn Vaughn: Romance Novels: * Louise Vaughn: Romance Novels: * Patricia Vaughn: Romance Novels: * Carolyn Vaughter: Romance Novels: * Valerie Vayle: Romance Novels: * Consuelo Vazquez: Romance Novels: * Return to Romance Authors V Table of Contents Return to ROMANCE AUTHORS Table of Contents

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Ve: Odin's and Vili's brother, one of the three gods who created the universe, specifically responsible for giving senses to the first humans (Ask and Ember); he and his brothers killed Ymir and drowned the entire race of Frost Giants in his blood, a unique myth of ethnic cleansing. see: Scandanavian Pantheon Mrs. Veal: character in "The True Relation of the Apparition of one Mrs.Veal" [1706] by Daniel Defoe. This completely fictional ghost story was taken as fact by some readers, was probably based on one or both of two previous accounts of the event of 8 Sep 1705 when the shade of Mrs.Veal purportedly was seen by Mrs.Bargrave [appropriate name!] of Canterbury. Influenced countless ghost stories thereafter. see: Horror and Supernatural Thorstein Veblen, full name Thorstein Bunde Veblen (1857-1929): social scientist, philosopher, and economist of America, born in Wisconsin of Norwegian immigrant parents, studied at Carleton College, Johns Hopkins, Yale; Ph.D. [1884] Yale; taught at University of Chicago and University of Missouri, best known for: * The Theory of the Leisure Class [1899] best-selling and classic critique of consumer Capitalism * The Theory of Business Enterprise [1904] * The Instinct of Workmanship [1914] * The Vested Interests and the State of Industrial Arts [1919] Your Humble Webmaster has an unpublished novel entitled "The Leisure of the Theory Class", a word-play independently used by Gregory Benford Veda: scripture of Hinduism, composed circa 2500 B.C., see: Hindu Pantheon consisting of: * Rig Veda (hymns) * Samaveda (chants) * Yajurveda (prose and verse prayers) * Atharvaveda (magical spells and hymns) Vedanta: some of the Upanishads written after the Vedas, and the philosphy that interprets them. see: Upanishads Elihu Vedder (1836-1923): painter and illustrator whoe murals adorn the Library of Congress, listed here and best-known for his illustrations of "The Rubiyat" of Omar Khayyam in the Fitzgerald translation Lope Vega, full name Lope Felix de Vega Carpio (1562-1635): almost single-handedly created Spanish National Drama; unbelieveably prolific author of some 1,800 "comedias" (plays), some 400 "autos Sacramentales", and numerous interludes, sketches, and songs; today only 426 comedias and 42 autos survive. He was, after Cervantes, the greatest author of SPAIN and a number of his works are Roamnce, Heroic Fantasy, or Legends Beyond the Veil: the other side of death; see: Afterlife Judy Veisel: Romance Novels: * Vita Vendresha: Romance Novels: * Michelle Venet: Romance Novels: * Venus: (1) the goddess of love, see Greek/Roman Pantheon; (2) second planet from the Sun; see: SPACE TRAVEL (3) in Alchemy, the element Copper; (4) in dice, three sixes Venus and Adonis: long poem [1593] by Shakespeare, which contains beta-test versions of the themes and plots later seen in his plays Brenda Venus: Brenda Venus Vercors, pseudonym for Jean Bruller Guiseppe Verdi (1813-1901); great operatic composer of ITALY Margaret Vere, pseudonym for Gabrielle M. V. Long H. E. Verett, pseudonym for E. E. Evans & Thelma Hamm Evans Lisa Ann Verge: Romance Novels: * Lisa Ann Verge's Home Page Vergil: see Virgil Paul Verlaine (1844-1896): Decadent poet/author in France who sometimes crossed the line into Fantasy, Horror, or Science Fiction; in prison for two years for attempted murder of his friend Rimbaud. Julia Verlanger, pseudonym for Heliane Taieb Sara Vern: Romance Novels: * Gerald Verner, British witchcraft story anthologist Claire Vernon: Romance Novels: * Dorothy Vernon: Romance Novels: * Kay R. Vernon: Romance Novels: * Marjorie Vernon: Romance Novels: * Gina Veronese: Romance Novels: * Joyce Verrette: Romance Novels: * Vers Libre: free verse Vertumnus: husband of Pomona, ancient Roman god of the seasons; see: Greek/Roman Pantheon see: Pomona Jones Very (1813-1880): poet friend of Emerson and Thoreau, who helped edit Emerson's sometimes Fantastic sometimes metaphysical and mystical "Essays and Poems" [1839] Patricia Veryan: Romance Novels: * Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512): great navigator of PORTUGAL who discovered and explored the mouth of the Amazon, sailed along the North shore of South America, developed a very exact method of computing longitude, convinced Europe that South America was a new continent, and as a result, the name "America" itself is in his honor. Vesta: Roman goddess of hearth and home, equivalent to Greek Hestia; see: Greek/Roman Pantheon Return to Authors V Table of Contents Return to ROMANCE AUTHORS Table of Contents

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Jean Vicary: Romance Novels: * Katherine Vickery: Romance Novels: * Giovanni Battista Vico (1668-1744): jurist/philospher of ITALY who tried to apply scientific methodology to the study of Hostory. He promulgated a theory of cyclical civilization, with an endless cycle through theocracy, aristocracy, and democracy. This influenced Michelet, James Joyce, and (through Gibbon) Isaac Asimov. Barbara Victor: Romance Novels: * Cindy Victor: Romance Novels: * Cynthia Victor: Romance Novels: * Kathleen Victor: Romance Novels: * Vanessa Victor: Romance Novels: * Vikings: Scandanavian warriors who raided European coasts from 8th to 10th Century, spreading terror, blond children, and a Germanic paganism whose legends collectively form Old Norse Literature. Nina Vida: Romance Novels: * Elizabeth Villars: Romance Novels: * Margot Villiers: Romance Novels: * Comte de Villers de L'Isle Adam [Jean Marie Mathias Philippe Ausguste] (Nov 1838-19 Aug 1889) Major literary personality in France, best known in SF circles for "Sardonic Tales" (Hamish Miles translation, New York: Knopf, 1927) and "L'Eve Future" (1886) about an English nobelman's love affair with (in modern parlance) an android Francois Villon (1431-circa 1463): major poet of FRANCE who was deeply involved in criminality and gangs; a strikingly modern author stranded in the Middle Ages, he was focussed on death and ecay in a mocking yet pre-Gothic way; never adequately translated into English. Vinayapitaka: see Tripitaka Catherine Vincent: Romance Novels: * Claire Vincent: Romance Novels: * Fran Vincent: Romance Novels: * Joan Vincent: Member of Romance Writers of America; website; Gil Vincente (circa 1470-circa 1536): major playwright of PORTUGAL who wrote in both Portuguese and Spanish, widely influenced Renaissance drama, and was a major Renaissance figure in general Leonardo da Vinci: see "da Vinci" Penny Vincenzi: Romance Novels: * Katrina Vincenzi-Thyne: Romance Novels: * Rachel Vincer: Romance Novels: * Kerry Vine: Romance Novels: * William Vine, pseudonym for Christopher S. Youd Connie Vines: Member of Romance Writers of America; website; Lynette Vinet: Romance Novels: * Joan D. Vinge, full name Joan Carol Dennison Vinge: Lifetime Active Member of Science Fiction Writers of America no known personal home page Joan D. Vinge home page Joan D. Vinge @Catch22 e-mail Joan D. Vinge Vinland: [Norse "Wine-land"] (1) the part of North America discovered by Leif Ericsson circa 1000 A.D.somewhere between Virginia and Labrador, most likely Newfoundland; (2) novel by Thomas Pynchon Anne Vinton: Romance Novels: * Viraj: see Manu Virgil, pseudonym for Publius Vergilius Maro (70 BC-19 BC): important Latin poet who influenced fantasy forever... Thus, Virgil appears as the guide to Hell in Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy" (1314-1321). * Appendix Virgiliana [early works, including "Ciris" and "Culex"] * Eclogues [42 BC-39 BC] 10 pastoral poems * Georgics [29 BC] a.k.a. "Bucolics" * Aeneid [circa 19 BC] sack of Troy leads to visit to Hell Virgil has been used as a character by others since Dante: * "Virgil the Sorcerer" [1924] poem by Robert Graves * Virgil the Necromancer [1934] John Webster Spargo * the "Virgil Magus" stories of Avram Davidson Claudette Virmonne: Romance Novels: * Virgo: 6th sign of the astrological zodiac (23 August-22 September) mythologically the metamorphosis of Astraea Vishnu: the Preserver, second of the Trimurti, originally a sun-god; he was incarnated, or descended, several times (approximately 10) each time as an Avatar; represented with four arms, holding (one item per hand) a mace, conch-shell, disc, and lotus; often shown riding Garuda; married to Lakshmi (sea-born). see Hindu Pantheon Vision: see Hallucination, see Dream The Vision of Piers Plowman: see William Langland Donna Vitek: Romance Novels: * Donna Kimel Vitek: Romance Novels: * Antonio Vivaldi (circa 1675-1743): musician/composer of ITALY best-known today for his instrumental pieces, who standardized the 3-movement format for the Concerto Grosso (4 of which were transcribed to organ by Bach). Vivarini: family of painters of ITALY including Antonio Vivarini (circa 1415-circa 1480), Bartolomeo Vivarini (circa 1432-circa 1499), and Alvise Vivarini (circa 1446-1503). Generation after generation, they mastered oil painting (Bartolomeo was one of the first in Venice to use the medium) and shifted further from Fantasy art and more to Religious art. Juan Luis Vives (1492-1540): humanist of SPAIN who opposed Scholasticism and wrote in favor of experiment and inductive reasoning Angela Vivian: Romance Novels: * E[velyn] C[harles] [H.] Vivian: pseudonym of Charles Henry Cannell (1882-1947): British fantastic adventure novelist of: * The People of Darkness [1924] Atlantis survivors underground * The Lady of the Terraces [1925] proto-Inca * A King There Was [1926] proto-Inca * Woman Dominant [1929] South American women drug men into slavery * Guardian of the Cup [1930] * the "Gees" series: * The City of Wonder [Moffatt-Yard, 1923; Centaur] Lemuria * Fields of Sleep [1923] Babylonian empire addicted to floral smell * Gees' First Case [1936] * Grey Shapes [1937] werewolves * Nightmare Farm [1937] sequel to "The City of Wonder" * The Ninth Life [1939] mystery/detective/occult on ancient Egypt * Her Ways are Death [1939] Thor * The Glass Too Many [1940] His works tend to be in the genre of: LOST LANDS/LOST RACE: neoprimitive place/people discovered Return to Romance Authors V Table of Contents Return to ROMANCE AUTHORS Table of Contents

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J. A. Vlasto, mad scientist novels "The Peacemaker" (under pseudonym John Remenham) and "Lurking Shadows" Return to Romance Authors V Table of Contents Return to ROMANCE AUTHORS Table of Contents

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Sydell Voeller: Member of Romance Writers of America; Romance Novels: * The Fisherman's Daughter [Hard Shell Word Factory, Apr 1999] ISBN: 1-58200-074-3 * Daisies Are Forever [Avalon, Oct 1997] ISBN: 0-803-49257-X * Free To Love [Avalon, 1997] ISBN: 0-8034-9209-X * Three Ring Romance [Avalon, Oct 1995] ISBN: 0-8034-9133-6 * Her Sister's Keeper [Avalon, June 1994] ISBN: 0-8034-9063-1 * Careless Whispers [Bantam, July 1994] ISBN: 0-553-56481-1 * Merry Christmas, Marcie [Silhouette, Dec 1987] ISBN: 0-373-88014-6 Sydell Voeller's romance-central Page Sydell Voeller's Home Page E-mail Sydell Voeller Esther Loewen Vogt: Romance Novels: * Volapuk: artificial language invented by pastor J. M. Schleyer in 1879, displaced a decade later by Esperanto. Volcano: aperture in Earth's crust from which gas and lava can be expelled, named after Vulcan, and used in Science Fiction as an imaginary route to explore the center of the earth, as in Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth." see: Vulcan see: Verne Sharan Volin: Member of Horror Writers of America Sharan Volin Paula Volsky: Active Member of Science Fiction Writers of America: * The Curse of the Witch Queen [1982] chaos of curses * Illusion [1991] magic and French Revolution * The Wolf of Winter [1993] * The "Sorcerer's Lady" trilogy: * The Sorcerer's Lady [1986] * The Sorcerer's Heir [1988] * The Severer's Curse [1989] Volsungasaga: [Icelandic "saga of the Volsungs"] an Icelandic prose saga most likely assembled from earlier poetry in the 12th or 13th Century. The heroine, Gudrun, destroys the Volsungs (led by Sigurd) by getting Sigurd to betray Brynhild (Brunhild). This was a major influence on Wagner's operas nominally based on the Nibelungenlied. see: Wagner see: Nibelungenlied Voltaire, pseudonym for Francois Marie Arouet (1694-1778): the leading author/philospher of the Enlightenment, this gentleman of FRANCE had been imprisoned twice in the Bastille (1717 and 1726) and spent some time in England (1726-1729) and thus became brilliantly outspoken against European absolutism and in favor of English Liberalism. He had a love-hate relationship with Frederick II of Prussia, which forced him to flee Berlin (1753) and thereafter maintain the friendship by mail. He played the markets, made a fortune, bought an estate in Geneva, sold it, bought another close by in Ferney (1758), and made a triumphant tour of Paris (1778) which seems to have been so intensely exciting that he died. His publication list is astonishing, with his revised and enlarged Works in 52 volumes [1883]. Although well-known in his day for classical tragedies such as "Zaire" [1732], his influential works of political philosophy, such as "Letters Concerning the English Nation" [England: 1732; France: 1733] and his 7+ volumes of History (which emphasized cultural and economic progress), he is best-known to Science Fiction/Fantasy readers for "Candide" [1759] see: Science Fiction of the 18th Century Ornella Volter, nonfiction and anthologies about vampires Daniela da Volterra (1509-1566): painter and sculptor of ITALY and pupil of Michelangelo; his real name was Ricciarelli; his Fantasy art is forgotten, he is best known today for his "Descent from the Cross" in the Church of Trinita dei Monti, Rome. Sybil Von Cannon: Romance Novels: * Wolfram Von Eschenbach (1170?-1220?): Chronicaler of Arthurian legends in Germany (according to "The Encyclopedia of Fantasy" by John Clute and John Grant, 1997, p.989) Betsy Von Furstenberg: Romance Novels: * Otfrid Von Hanstein (1869-?): SF author in Germany, who wanted to transform deserts into utopian landscapes. Thea Von Harbou (1888-?) SF author in Germany, whose novel "Metropolis" became the classic film by Fritz Lang {hotlinks to be done}. Her influential noevl "Frau im Mond" (Berlin: A. Scherl, 1928), inspired by H. Oberth and W. Ley's nonfiction became the classic Fritz Lang film "The Girl in the Moon" {hotlinks to be done}. In the latter film, Fritz Lang invented the rocket countdown, for the sake of drama. * Metropolis [Hutchinson, 1927; Ace; Gregg, 1975] * The Rocket to the Moon [World, 1930; Gregg, 1977] Kristin Von Kreisler: Romance Novels: * Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679): major playwright and poet of NETHERLANDS best known for: * Lucifer [1654] play which may have influenced John Milton Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: Kurt Vonnegut, UNC Kurt Vonnegut, BGSU Kurt Vonnegut, USF "The Sirens of Titan" (1959) is selected and praised in "Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels" by David Pringle "Cat's Cradle" (1963) is selected and praised in "Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels" by David Pringle * Between Time and Timbukto [Delacorte, 1972] * Canary in a Cat House [Fawcett Gold Medal, 1961] 12 stories * Cat's Cradle [Holt Rinehart World, 1963; Dell; Science Fiction Book Club; Delacorte, 1971] * God Bless You Mr.Rosewater [Holt Rinehart World, 1965; Delacorte; Dell] * Mother Night [Harper & Row, 1966; Delacorte; Dell] * Player Piano [Scribners, 1952; Science Fiction Book Club; Avon; Delacorte, 1971] a.k.a. Utopia 14 [Bantam, 1956] * Slaughterhouse-Five [Delacorte, 1969; Book Club; Dell] * The Sirens of Titan [Dell, 1959; Houghton Mifflin, 1961; Dell; Delacorte] * Welcome to the Monkey House [Delacorte, 1968; Dell] 25 stories Voodoo: see Haiti and Voodoo Vorticism: brief artistic and literary school [1914-?] marrying Cubism with rhythm, related to Futurism, iconoclasic, fixated on lines, angles, and machines, most powerful in Great Britain, although nominally led by Gaudier-Brzeska; members included Wyndam Lewis, Edward Wadsworth; the name was coined by Ezra Pound Cornelius de Vos (1585-1651): Flemish painter of the school of Rubens, with a few Fantasy paintings of mythological nature Patricia Frances Vos: see Patricia Frances Vos Post Jonathan Vos Post: see Jonathan Vos Post Claire Voyant, fan pseudonym for Forrest J. Ackerman Return to Romance Authors V Table of Contents Return to ROMANCE AUTHORS Table of Contents

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Fawn Vrazo: isfdb lists: * "Tigers in Orbit" [Omni, May 1981] nonfiction Jaroslav Vrchlicky: pseudonym of Emil Bohuslav Frida (1853-1912): major author and translator of CZECHOSLOVAKIA Perry Vreeland: isfdb lists: * "Spy Rampant on Brown Shield" [Worlds of Tomorrow, May 1966] Roger S. Vreeland: isfdb lists: Short Fiction * "The Hidden Player" [Weird Tales, Jan 1944] ed. Dorothy McIlwraith, $0.15 * "Shadow of Melas" [Weird Tales, Jan 1947] ed. Dorothy McIlwraith, $0.15 * "Grandfather McGraw" [Weird Tales, Jan 1948] ed. Dorothy McIlwraith, $0.20 Hugo de Vries (1848-1935): Dutch botanist who rediscovered, and published in 1900, Mendel's laws of heredity, plus his own theories of mutation Return to Authors V Table of Contents Return to ROMANCE AUTHORS Table of Contents

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Ray Vukcevich: Active Member of Science Fiction Writers of America Ray Vukcevich e-mail Ray Vukcevich Vulcan: (1) Romn god of technology and fire, equivalent to Greek Hephaestus, a.k.a. Mulciber (the softener), working beneath Mount Etna; see: Greek/Roman Pantheon; (2) planet thought to orbit inside the orbit of Mercury, glimpsed by some early astronomers but now dismissed as error; (3) in the Star Trek universe, where Spock came from Vulgate: [from Latin "Vulgata editio" = common edition] the oldest extant version of the entire Bible, and thus (since the 1546 Council of Trent) the official Latin version for the Roman Catholic Church. Edited by St.Jerome, replacing the Itala (Old Latin version), its Old Testament translates the Hebrew Masoretic text, with St/Jerome's own translations of Tobias, Judith, and Daniel's additions to the deuterocanonical books. Pope Clement VIII promulgated this text, and thereafter the Church's imprimateur represents the Clementine edition, until the 20th Century Benedictine revision. Vulture: carrion-eating birds, found in both tropical and temperate areas, with the Old World vultures being hawk-like, and the New World vultures being of another family altogether,which includes the Condor, black vulture, and turkey vulture Return to Romance Authors V Table of Contents Return to ROMANCE AUTHORS Table of Contents

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{none that I know of at this time}

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