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Whitmore, Arvella

(1922-2020) US teacher and author of novels for younger readers and the Young Adult market whose Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun: A Boy's Journey (1999) follows the ordeal of a contemporary African American teenager who is transported by Time Travel into the nightmare of Slavery-ridden antebellum America, from which he must escape. [JC]

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 ...

Doppelgangers

Literally, "double-walkers". Very broadly, doppelgangers begin to make significant appearances in the early nineteenth century, in the works of authors like E T A Hoffmann, whose use of these figures was central to the concept of the Uncanny (or Unheimlich) in the works of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) (see also Mysterious Stranger). To meet one's own supernatural double (or Scots "fetch") was traditionally an unlucky or fatal portent; a well-known treatment of this theme is Edgar Allan Poe's short ...

Young, B A

(1912-2001) UK journalist, editor and author, involved with the magazine Punch 1949-1964, and drama critic for the Financial Times 1964-1980. Of sf interest are Cabinet Pudding (1967), a Near Future Satire in which the UK Prime Minister in 1996 is a marijuana-smoking West Indian; and The Colonists from Space (1979), in which an Invasion by Aliens begins in the Cotswolds in southern England. Bertram Alfred Young was appointed OBE in 1980. [JC]

Corbett, Julian

(1854-1922) UK author (in his early career) who later became a naval historian (partly for reasons of social prestige). He is the author of a Lost Race tale, Kophetua the Thirteenth (1889 2vols), which describes the ancient Christian kingdom of Oneiria, a Utopia founded in Africa by an Englishman; notably, this utopia, based on a reform of Money, contains within it a Dystopian enclave, where those unfit for the higher life are relegated. [JC]

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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