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Hocking, Ian

(1976-    ) UK author Senior Lecturer of Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University, whose Déjà Vu (2005) is a Near Future Technothriller based on the time-tested Set a Thief to Catch a Thief plot generator; all works out for the female criminal so seconded, in the end. The sequel, continuing the Saskia Brandt series, is Flashback (2011 ebook). ...

Armstrong, C Wicksteed

(1871-1963) UK author who worked for some years as a schoolteacher in South America. His first sf novel, The Yorl of the Northmen, or The Fate of the English Race: Being the Romance of a Monarchical Utopia (1892) as by Charles Strongi'th'arm, envisions a feudal and Eugenics-dominated world partially modelled on the works of William Morris. Armstrong's second novel, ...

Survivalist Fiction

During the near-half century of Cold War after the dropping of the atom bomb on Japan in 1945, nuclear Holocausts were a commonplace plot device in various genres of popular fiction. Some novels took readers teasingly up to the brink without actually carrying them into the terminal moments; Cold War thrillers of this sort are not generally treated in this encyclopedia. A rather larger number of novels treated the final war as a given, ...

Wu, William F

(1951-    ) US author, married until 1990 to Diana G Gallagher, who began publishing work of genre interest with "By the Flicker of the One-Eyed Flame" for Andromeda 2 (anth 1977) edited by Peter Weston, and who has produced considerable work in various genres, receiving nominations for various awards; several tales make use of his own Chinese-US background. The protagonist of ...

Beck, Alan F

(1944-    ) US artist best known for his wryly humorous, usually small paintings, prints and originals of which are hugely popular at conventions; he has done relatively little Illustration work, mainly for the magazine Space and Time, although there are also some book covers, the first being for the Fantasy Pine Tree Wind (2002) by A L Neff. He received his art ...

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 ...



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