H. L. Oldie

Pen name for two writers

Henry Lion Oldie or H. L. Oldie (Russian: Генри Лайон Олди, Г. Л. Олди) is the pen name of Ukrainian science-fantasy fiction writers Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhensky. Both authors reside in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and write in Russian. At Eurocon 2006 in Kyiv, the European Science Fiction Society named them Europe's best writers of 2006. Oldie collaborated with other Russophone Ukrainian writers, such as Andrey Valentinov, Marina and Sergey Dyachenko. The "H. L. Oldie" pen name was invented as a merger of their names, Oleg and Dmitry, respectively, and the initials are derived from their family names in Cyrillic (Громов and Ладыженский). They eventually decided that H. L. should stay for "Henry Lion". Choice of a "western" pseudonym was common during the early post-Soviet era, when Russian and Ukrainian publishers and readers preferred foreign science fiction and fantasy to Russian.
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