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Joshi, Ruchir

(1960-    ) Indian journalist and author whose first novel, The Last Jet-Engine Laugh (2001), is set in Near Future Calcutta, around 2020/2030, but whose narrative shuttlecocks through various eras as the protagonist reflects upon his and his country's almost unendurably complex history from 1970 to the moment he sits down to reflect, sometime after cities like Bombay and Karachi have been destroyed by nuclear bombs as the troubles continue. His memories/reconstruction of ...

Ward, David [2]

(1967-    ) Canadian teacher and author whose Grasslands Young Adult sequence beginning with Escape the Mask (2001) places its young cast in a rural world dominated, all the same, by a Dystopian tyranny, which they must escape. Archipelago (2008) takes its contemporary protagonist via Time Travel 14,000 years into the past, where he interacts with ancient peoples then migrating into America from what would become Siberia (see Prehistoric SF). Between Two Ends (2010), a ...

Time After Time

Film (1979). Orion/Warner Bros. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Written by Meyer, from a story by Karl Alexander, Steve Hayes, based on Time After Time (1979) by Karl Alexander. Cast includes Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen and David Warner. 112 minutes. Colour. / Dr Stevenson (Warner), whom we soon learn to be Jack the Ripper, eludes police by stealing the Time Machine from H G Wells (McDowell) in 1893, and travelling to San Francisco in 1979 (see California). The machine, however, returns, ...

Williamson, Neil

(1968-    ) Scottish editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Angelique's Lament" in Territories: The Slipstream Journal for 1993. Much of his earlier short fiction has been assembled as The Ephemera (coll 2006), most of this work comprising what might be called Fantastika rather than fantasy, as a constant transgressing of traditional genre boundaries is evident throughout. At least two of the tales assembled are sf: "Amber Rain" (July 2002 The ...

Shastri, H P

(1853-1931) Indian [ie Bengali] Sanskrit scholar and author whose Valmikir Jaya (publication data unknown: perhaps circa 1880; trans Ranjani Ranjan Sen as The Triumph of Valmiki 1909) features a robber-chief protagonist with Superpowers, who travels by unspecified means to a distant nebula. There he creates a replica of the Solar System which – acting as a Forerunner figure – he populates with human beings, creating a Utopia. [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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