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Raffalovich, George

(1880-1958) French-born academic and author, in UK from around 1906 to 1915, when his advocacy of Ukrainian rights (sometimes as by Bedwin Sands) was deemed potentially treasonous; then in US. Of sf interest are two collections: Planetary Journeys and Earthly Sketches (coll 1908; vt On the Loose 1910), which includes four connected tales involving travel by Telepathy to other planets, where various forms of life (see Life on Other Worlds) are described, some of them descended from ancient ...

Khaw, Cassandra

Pseudonym of Malaysian author Zoe Khaw Joo Ee (1984-    ) who began publishing work of genre interest with "What the Highway Prefers" in Lackington's for Winter 2015. Most of their work is horror, as in the Gods and Monsters sequence beginning with Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef (2015 ebook) [see Checklist below]; at times there is a strong inflection of Horror in SF, as in the Persons Non Grata sequence beginning with Hammers on Bone (2016), where a hardboiled noir idiom ...

Zahn, Timothy

(1951-    ) US author with a master's degree in physics who began publishing sf with "Ernie" for Analog in September 1979, and early proved himself an adept and productive creator of the problem-oriented Hard SF characteristic of that magazine. Some better examples of his work are assembled as Cascade Point (coll 1986), Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (coll 1988), Distant Friends and Others (coll 1992) and Star Song and Other Stories (coll 2002); the first's title story ...

Sanders, George A

(1836-1909) US author whose riposte to Edward Bellamy, Reality: Or, Law and Order vs Anarchy and Socialism: A Reply to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward and Equality (1898), argues that the labouring poor are not in truth all that poor, and in any case are motivated to work primarily by noble ideals. [JC]

Fox, Peter F

(1946-    ) UK author of Downtime (1986), a Technothriller. [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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