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McCrum, Robert

(1953-    ) UK editor, long with the Observer, and author whose first novel, In the Secret State (1980), is a Near Future political thriller set in a UK threatened by an indirect Tory coup – control to be maintained through Computer manipulations of the body politic. [JC]

Sawyer, Walter Leon

(1862-1915) US journalist and author, usually for younger readers; the Jack Lorimer series, all as by Winn Standish, focused on sporting feats. Of sf interest is An Outland Journey (1896), in which a young lad finds himself in "Fairyland", which takes the form, strictly (if absurdly), of a rule-bound Utopia. But it is all a dream. [JC]

Warner, William Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of romantic adventure tales, in whose The Bridge of Time (1914), not unusually, a prince of ancient Egypt is transported by a Time Travel potion to the modern world, where he falls in love with a form of reincarnation of his original lover. Less usually, he has arrived at the beginning of World War One, in which, after due complications, he serves; surviving with the aid of his new love, who is also a nurse. [JC]

Dann, Jack

(1945-    ) US author and anthologist, with a BA in social/political science, married initially to Jeanne Van Buren Dann and from 1995 to Janeen Webb, with both of whom he has collaborated, mostly resident in Australia from about 1990; he began publishing sf in 1970 with "Traps" (March 1970 If) and "Dark, Dark the Dead Star" (July 1970 If), both written with George Zebrowski. Among his best and most revealing stories of this early period was Junction (stories November 1973, ...

Borderlands [game]

Videogame (2009). Gearbox Software (GS). Designed by Matthew Armstrong. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360 (2009); Mac (2010). / Borderlands is an "action RPG" (see Computer Role Playing Games), much influenced by First Person Shooters but in essence resembling a science-fictional variant of the hack and slash fantasy game Diablo (1997). Players wander the blasted deserts of the planet Pandora, performing missions for assorted patrons, battling (often randomly generated) enemies and looting their ...

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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