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Dark, Sidney

(1872-1947) UK journalist, editor and author of much fiction and nonfiction; his influence as a political commentator waned in the 1930s due to his early anti-fascism, and his excoriation of anti-Semitism as a moral and intellectual disease incited by governments looking for scapegoats. The Man Who Would Not Be King: Being the Adventures of one Fenimore Slavington, who was neither Born Great nor Achieved Greatness, but had Greatness Thrust Upon him Much to his own Discomfort and the Discomfort ...

Davidson, Michael

Pseudonym of Michael Zeik (?   -    ), US author of two sf novels: The Karma Machine (1975), a dystopian vision of a Computer-dominated world; and Daughter of Is: A Science Fiction Epic: An "Else-when" Parable (1978), an Alternate-History tale. Davidson should not be confused with the poet Michael Davidson (1944-    ). [JC]

Operator #5

US Pulp magazine, 48 issues, April 1934 to November/December 1939, published by Popular Publications; edited by Rogers Terrill, originally monthly and then alternated between bimonthly and monthly. This was one of the livelier and more successful hero/villain pulps, thematically more ambitious than most, as it changed after the first twenty issues into a set of Future War narratives garishly prefiguring World War Two. Operator #5 throughout was secret agent Jimmy Christopher, whose assignment ...

Day, Kate Hope

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, If, Then (2019), which is set in a sheaf of Parallel Worlds, traces the experiences of several protagonists each of whom is undergoing visions of their lives in different realities; those visitations giving access to the Near Future are increasingly dark with premonitions. In her second novel, the Near Future In the Quick (2021), a precocious young astronaut, assigned to duty on an Earth-orbiting Space Station, mixes ...

Barker, Nicola

(1966-    ) UK author, almost exclusively of tales set in the South-East of England, featuring characters who fit all too well into suburban subtopias, except for their tendency to commit mild verbal and physical mayhem on their surroundings. The mundanity of this world normally, in her work, seems shaky but does not normally spill over into the fantastic, though In the Approaches (2014) is partly narrated by a parrot, and The Cauliflower® (2016) fantasticates the life ...

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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