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Delap's F & SF Review

US critical Magazine (1975-1978) edited by Richard Delap and published in California by Frederick Patten. 30 issues. Begun in April 1975, Delap's F & SF Review was a monthly magazine devoted to reviews of new (or newly reprinted) American fantasy and sf books; it also contained a full listing of each month's US publications. It was one of a number of such magazines to appear, aimed primarily at libraries, but was unquestionably the most successful. The reviewers included (then) fan critics ...

Smith, Andrew

(1962-?   ) UK author of a Tie to the Doctor Who universe in the Doctor Who Target Novelizations subseries, Full Circle (1982), a novelization based on the Fourth Doctor. [JC]

Spufford, Francis

(1964-    ) UK academic and author, none of whose work is explicitly sf, though his nonfiction is deeply conversant with science-fictional modes of thought. Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin (2003) encompasses in its historical narrative an understanding of the imaginative uses made of boffins (see Scientists) over the course of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on British attempts to create an advanced space programme (see Rockets). Red Plenty ...

Burgoyne, Alan Hughes

(1880-1929) UK politician – Unionist MP for Aylesbury from 1924 – and author, mostly on naval matters. Trafalgar Re-Fought (1905) with W Laird Clowes replays the Battle of Trafalgar in a twentieth-century setting. His Future War novel, The War Inevitable (1908), spends much of its time at sea in the context of the historical Anglo-Japanese Alliance (1902-1921, formally terminated 1923). A sneak attack by Germany on Britain's torpedo boats leads to the circumnavigation of the globe ...

Bruce, Muriel

(1890-1981) Canadian musician, journalist and author whose long-held interests in Theosophy, and other systems of transcendental knowledge, are reflected in her Lost Race novel, Mukara (1930), which is set far up the Amazon River. The protagonists, following a centuries'-old manuscript, discover an Apes as Human tribe, which they are able to escape, eventually reaching their goal, a City in a hidden valley inhabited by descendants of the land of Mu, which had been destroyed in the Flood. Radium ...

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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