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Sales, Ian

(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Kerrol Ki" for The Scanner #8 in 1990; he has also published many reviews in the UK from about 1988. The loose Apollo Quartet sequence – comprising Adrift on the Sea of Rains (2012); The Eye with Which the Universe Beholds Itself (2013); Then Will the Great Ocean Wash Deep Above (2013) and All That Outer Space Allows ...

Watson, Patrick

(1929-2022) Canadian television and radio broadcaster, director and author, active (initially as a child actor on radio) from 1943; his current affairs programme for television, This Hour Has Seven Days (1964-1966), proved too Satirical for the Canadian authorities of that time, and was cancelled for lèse majesté. The resulting scandal intensified the desire of at least one science fiction encyclopedia editor to emigrate. Of his ...

Caird, Janet

(1913-1992) Malawi-born UK author of sf interest mainly for a Lost Race novel, The Loch (1968), in which the water level in Loch Ness (not so named but unmistakable) suddenly sinks, uncovering a race of quasi-troglodytes, descended from the Vikings or before, which has survived Underground in caves impossible of access until now. [JC] see also: Loch Ness Monster. /

Blunt, James

(?   -    ) Author, apparently UK, of Utopia Revisited (1996), a Utopian fiction set in the world created by Thomas More for his Utopia (1516). [JC]

Wright, J C

(1874-1939) US author, most of his work focused on Native American civilizations, several of his titles, like The Crooked Tree: Indian Legends and a Short History of the Little Traverse Bay Region (coll 1917) containing his versions of traditional material. He is of some sf interest for The Great Myth (1922), a Lost Race tale about the Mound People, which treats his central concerns. This author, who was sometimes known as John C ...

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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