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(1836-1921) UK journalist, newspaper editor and author known as a writer of fiction only for Too Curious (1888), about a man capable of seeing the future (see Prediction). [JC]
(1967- ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "One Bad Apple" (in Doctor Who: More Short Trips, anth 1999, ed Stephen Cole); and who has published four Doctor Who Ties: Doctor Who: Drift (2002), Doctor Who Novellas: Shellshock (2003), and Doctor Who: Emotional Chemistry (2003). Under his own name, and as Steve Rogers, he has also published several Ties. [JC]
(1939-2013) US academic administrator, careers counsellor and sf fan, active in Fandom from the late 1960s, initially as an organizer of conferences (beginning with the J R R Tolkien-themed "First Conference on Middle-earth" in 1969) and Conventions; his Fanzine was The Spang Blah (20 issues 1974-1980). He published some short fiction including "The Grapes of the Rath" for Microcosmic Tales: 100 Wondrous Science Fiction Short-Short Stories (anth 1980) edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H Greenberg ...
(? - ) Canadian oceanographer and author, whose first novel, Sea Change (1999), sees the oceans threatened by mutated micro-organisms (see Horror in SF; Mutants); second tale dealing with the threatened oceans of the world, Meltdown (2000), is a Technothriller in which a source of deadly radiation under the Arctic may bring about cataclysmic Climate Change. [JC]
Nickname and working name of Donald Wheeler (1937-2016), US author whose Matters of Form (1987) depicts the long campaign of a group of Aliens, stranded on Earth in the twentieth century, to Uplift human civilization to a level at which interstellar Space Flight is possible. Later sections of the book, introducing a second (and evil) alien race, are less effective. [JC]
(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 ...