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Bradford, Columbus

(1901-1938) US author whose Terrania: or, The Feminization of the World (1930) posits a Near Future Aristophanean strike by women against marriage until War is ended; the victorious leader of the strike becomes World President in 1950. [JC]

Nersesian, Arthur

(1958-    ) US poet and author whose novels have focused on a surreal vision of New York; the first few of these, especially The Fuck-Up (1997), tend to follow dissident outcasts through exorbitant storylines without severely transgressing the technically possible (see Equipoise), but the Five Books of Moses sequence, comprising The Swing Voter of Staten Island (2007) and The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx (2008) to date, can be understood in terms of a gonzo ...

Towle, George Makepeace

(1841-1893) US translator, editor, man of letters and author, prolific in various fields; served in the United States diplomatic corps as Consul in Nantes, France, and elsewhere. His translations of works by Jules Verne, beginning with The Tour of the World in 80 Days (1873), the first translation of Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (1873), are moderately faithful. [JC]

Smith, Oli

(?   -    ) UK author exclusively to date associated with the Doctor Who universe, having written several Ties: Nuclear Time (2010) for the Doctor Who New Series, Decide Your Destiny: Judoon Monsoon (2010) for the Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny series, and the nonfiction The Eleventh Doctor: Matt Smith (2010) for the Doctor Who Nonfiction series. [JC]

Proctor, Frederick J

(?   -?   ) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The Secret of Mark Pepys (1899), set in the mountains of California, where Toltec descendants have created a secret civilization, with a queen. [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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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