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Galactic Empires

In The Universe Makers (1971) Donald A Wollheim attempts to distil from the range of futuristic visions presented by magazine sf a basic pattern – a "cosmogony of the future" – in which stages three to five (there are eight in all) describe "the rise and fall of the Galactic Empire", which is thus enshrined as the central myth of Genre SF. ("Empire" is here used with a general, almost metaphorical ...

Scrimger, Richard

(1957-    ) Canadian author whose first works were nonfantastic work for adult readers, and who is of sf interest for the Norbert Narratives sequence, beginning with The Nose from Jupiter (1998), in which an Alien named Norbert from Jupiter sets up camp in young Alan's nose, where he interferes with (and often solves) Alan's teenage problems. In Noses Are Red (2002), strange creatures ...

Stewart, Michael [2]

UK author (1945-    ), most of whose novels are medical thrillers, although Monkey Shines (1983), filmed by George A Romero as Monkey Shines (1988), uses the sf premise that a monkey may have her intelligence successfully augmented through the injection of human genetic material (see Apes as Human); the experiment ends tragically. Other thrillers ...

Ng, Celeste

(1980-    ) US author whose first two novels – Everything I Never Told You (2014) and Little Fires Everywhere (2017), both essentially nonfantastic – were very positively received, the second attracting attention for its astute anatomy of the disintegration of a Utopian planned community in 1990s America. Her third novel, the Near Future Our Missing Hearts ...

Anson, August

Pseudonym of UK author Reginald William Malyon Gibbs (1878-1942), who under his own name published numerous mathematics references and textbooks. His sf novel as by Anson, When Woman Reigns (1938), transports its protagonist to first the twenty-sixth and then the thirty-sixth century. Author and hero take a rather dim view of these two periods, because in both men are subservient to women (see Feminism). [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 ...

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