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Raine, Craig

(1944-    ) UK poet whose first book, The Onion, Memory (coll 1978 chap), demonstrated his capacity to illuminate the world through estranged images, a technique which came to full fruition in A Martian Sends a Postcard Home (coll 1979 chap), the title poem of which represents – in language which convincingly manifests a principle central to Fantastika as a whole, that the fantastic may be best grasped through the literal – an Alien's tabula rasa vision of normal ...

Ljoka, Dan

(1935-    ) US author of Shelter (1973) a Holocaust tale set during and immediately after World War Three; the hero, trapped Underground with fertile women, is forced to have Sex with them. Everyone dies. [JC]

McMasters, William H

(1877-1968) US politician (Governor of South Dakota 1921-1925), publicist, playwright and author whose Revolt: An American Novel (1919) he claimed, with some justification, to have had a central role in 1920 in the exposure of Charles Ponzi (1882-1949), who gave his name to the pyramid scheme where new deposits are used to pay off old investors until the structure implodes. Revolt: An American Novel (1919) is a Near Future tale set in 1940, when two American political parties are vying over the ...

Maddoux, Marlin

(1933-2004) US radio talk host, founder of International Christian Media and the National Center for Freedom and Renewal, and author whose The Seal of Gaia: A Novel of the Antichrist (1998) conceives in Christian terms of apocalyptic events in a 2033 world run by a single government in the name of Gaia, but whose secret agenda (see Paranoia) is evil. [JC]

Adams, Glenda

(1939-2007) Australian author in USA and elsewhere from 1964 to 1990, whose first novel, Games of the Strong (1982), is a Near Future Dystopia whose female narrator and thematic concerns (the internalization of the colonial mentality; Imperialism in general; Feminism) associate her with authors like Doris Lessing and some of the later work of Margaret Atwood. [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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