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An Imaginary Science term coined by Percy Greg in Across the Zodiac: The Story of a Wrecked Record, Deciphered, Translated and Edited by P G (1880 2vols), denoting an Antigravity force here used to propel a Spaceship to Mars. As with Ursula Le Guin's much later coinage of Ansible, the term was adopted by other authors of both fiction and purported nonfiction. Story examples include: John Jacob Astor's A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future (1894); S P Meek's "Cold Light" (March 1930 ...

Cox, Erle

(1873-1950) Australian author and journalist who began to publish fiction as early as 1908, though he was better known as a reviewer and columnist for The Argus and the Australasian 1918-1946, shifting to The Age from 1946. His best-known sf novel is Out of the Silence; a Romance (19 April-25 October 1919 The Argus; 1925; rev 1932; further rev, cut 1947), about the attempt by the female representative of an otherwise extinct super-race – discovered deep Underground in Suspended Animation ...

Wolf, Chris L

(?1951-    ) UK author of a Genre SF novel, Fire in the Sky (dated 1978 but 1979) with Michael F Maikowski, for Robert Hale Limited. [JC]

Slade, Arthur

(1967-    ) Canadian author whose earlier work – notably the Northern Frights sequence beginning with Draugr (1998) – deployed various horror and Horror in SF tropes in a Canadian context. Of sf interest is the Hunchback Assignments sequence beginning with The Hunchback Assignments (2009), a series of Young Adult Steampunk tales mostly set in a nineteenth-century-style London extremely packed with Villains, Inventions, a giant Robot or two, ravening Cyborg dogs, ...

Hartridge, Jon

(1934-    ) UK author associated, like Brian W Aldiss, with the Oxford Mail, of which he was features editor, and for which he wrote reviews of considerable interest. His sf novels are Binary Divine (1969), in which a Computer, in the conviction that it is god, creates a Dystopia; and Earthjacket (1970), in which attempts to redeem Earth from an authoritarian, Technology-obsessed Near Future cause widespread destruction. [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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