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Morrall, Clare

(1952-    ) UK author whose earlier work, like her first novel, the nonfantastic Astonishing Splashes of Colour (2004), tend to feature characters immersed in edgily dysfunctional lives, with some sense that the pressure of the world may cause them to burst beyond the mundane into situations of psychic extremity. Her first novel of sf interest, When the Floods Came (2015), places its Young Adult protagonist into a Near Future world itself under near intolerable stress, for ...

Penswick, Neil

(?   -    ) UK author of a Tie for the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who New Adventures: The Pit (1993). [JC]

Morgan, Joseph

(1671-circa 1742) US minister, entrepreneur and author in various modes. His The History of the Kingdom of Basaruah [for subtitle see Checklist] (1715; cut vt Brief History of the Country of Humanity [for subtitle see Checklist] 1728), as by A Traveller in Basaruah, stands as the first prose fiction written and published in what would become the USA. Though more important as an allegory than as an example of Proto SF, Basaruah does represent the narrative of an Imaginary Voyage to an ...

Gilden, Mel

(1947-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What About us Grils?" in Clarion (anth 1971) edited by Robin Scott Wilson, and whose first novels were Young Adult tales like The Return of Captain Conquer (1986) and the loosely linked Outer Space and All That Junk (1989), both comical though not spoofish, and quite compellingly told. Most of his later career has focused on series for slightly younger readers, like the Fifth Grade Monsters sequence ...

Sidney, A

(?   -?   ) UK author of Destination Unknown (1928), a Lost Race tale set in Africa. [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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