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Altebrando, Tara

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult titles, who also writes as by Tara McCarthy, most of her work, beginning with The Pursuit of Happiness (2006), being nonfantastic romances. Leaving (2016) contains hints of Horror in SF. The Possible (2017), in which Telekinesis threatens to further rupture an already seriously dysfunctional family, is of some sf interest. Take Me With You (2020) is an sf tale set in the very Near Future; its four young protagonists find ...

Montgomerie, F W

(?   -?   ) Unidentified author, perhaps Australian, of Paying the Price (1907), about a Mad Scientist in Australia who develops a strain of plague to eliminate the weak (see Eugenics; Pandemic) from the human race. [JC]

Lawrence, Conrad

(?   -    ) US author of The Council to Save the Planet (coll of linked stories 1994), which dramatizes a Near Future attempt to accomplish the goal indicated in its title through the creation of a Disaster huge enough to give its survivors a second chance to live correctly. [JC]

Widnall, Samuel Page

(1827-1894) UK publisher and author, owner of The Old Vicarage at Grantchester from 1850, adding a Folly, and an artificial island in the River Cam which still exists; it was briefly and famously the home of Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), and later on of Jeffrey Archer. From the Vicarage, Widnall published several books from 1871, including A Mystery of Sixty Centuries; Or, a Modern St George and the Dragon (1889), which depicts the discover of a Lost Race of pre-Adamites in an African valley, who ...

Rife, Robert

(?   -    ) US author of The Cool Thing: A Dark Comedy. Or Not (2021), a moderately spoofish sf thriller whose protagonist – purchasing in error a relic from a crashed Alien Spaceship which turns out to be a kind of matter transmitter (see Matter Transmission) – is briefly entrapped in a Mad Scientist's Genetic Engineering project, which kills its subjects, or turns them into Monsters. The plot thickens subsequently. [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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