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Shaw, Frank H

(1878-1960) UK naval officer and author who was in active service during World War One; he also published stories as by Frank Cleveland, Archibald Guthrie, Grenville Hammerton, Frank Hubert, Ernest Winchfield (and perhaps other names as well), appearing very widely in Boys' Papers from early in the twentieth century, with an estimated 7,000 stories to his credit and seventy or more books. Serials not reissued in book form include his world-catastrophe novel "When the Sea Rose Up" (15 December ...

Kirkup, James

(1918-2009) UK-born academic, translator, poet and author who left England permanently in 1956, long before the hoicked-up "scandal" of his gay poem about Christ, "The Love that Dares to Speak its Name" (3 June 1976 Gay News), resulted in the last successful conviction for blasphemy in the UK; securely resident abroad, Kirkup did not attend these proceedings. His first book, The Cosmic Shape: An Interpretation of Myth and Legend with Three Poems and Lyrics (coll 1946) with Ross Nichols ...

Wesley, Mary

Pseudonym of UK author Mary Aline Siepmann (née Farmar) (1912-2002) whose first three novels were Young Adult tales somewhat removed from the acerbic, take-no-prisoners, erotically charged adult novels she published in later life, beginning with Jumping the Queue (1983). The Sixth Seal (1969) describes the survival of its protagonists Underground during the course of an unspecific but seemingly planetary Disaster, after which they must attempt to work out how to live in the new world. ...

Theobald, Robert

(1929-1999) Indian-born economist and author, in UK from 1945, in US from around 1960; an exponent of the need for alternative Technologies and strategies to survive the turn of the century (see Futures Studies); his several texts culminate in An Alternative Future for America's Third Century (1976). His sf novel, Teg's 1994: An Anticipation of the Near Future (1972) with J M Scott, carries on these concerns through a series of dialogues between George Orwell-Fellowship-winner Teg and various ...

Tor.com

Online Magazine in blog form, published since July 2008 by Tor Books. The domain had in the past been used as Tor's website in the conventional sense of a publisher's site. In May 2014, Tor.com was also announced as the name of a new Tor imprint for novella-length ebooks and audiobooks, with a print-on-demand option and possibly even standard print publishing for a select number of titles. The editorial staff includes Ellen Datlow, Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Ann VanderMeer [for full current ...

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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