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Lindsay, David T

(1897-1953) Scottish author, in active service during World War One, most of his eighteen books being adventure tales, usually juveniles (see Children's SF), all published between 1936 and 1940, often involving feats in aircraft. Of sf interest are The Ninth Plague (1936), about a Mad Scientist's attempts to block off the Sun's rays and cause the End of the World; The Green Ray (1937), in which the eponymous Ray is used to stall airplanes in flight; and the marginal Air Bandits (1937). [JC]


Card Game (2000). Looney Labs (LL). Designed by Andrew Looney. / Chrononauts is a light hearted game of Time Travel. A special deck of cards is laid out to form a map of the timeline, specifying a somewhat US-centric set of significant events such as the assassination of President Lincoln and the launch of Sputnik. Players can then use cards from their hands to alter history at Jonbar Points, known as linchpin events in the game. Unusually, changing a Jonbar Point does not fully determine ...

Hodge, T Shirby

Pseudonym of US author Roger Sherman Tracy (1841-1926). His sf novel, The White Man's Burden: A Satirical Forecast (1915), is set in 5000 CE, by which period the warlike and primitive white races (see Race in SF) have been restricted to North America while, in Black-dominated Africa, anarchism and scientific genius have generated a Utopian world. A white Invasion suffers ignominious defeat, and the narrator – a (white) interloper from the twentieth century, whose incredulous response to ...

Ma, Ling

(1983-    ) Chinese-born academic and author, in US from childhood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Yeti Lovemaking" in Unstuck #2 for 2012. Her sf novel Severance (2018) is set in an Alternate History 2011 America devastated by a Pandemic originating in China, whose victims, Automata-like, lose all sense of Identity (see also Zombies), becoming entrapped in assembly-line-like repetitive actions that continue until death. Analogies between this disease and ...

Lee Tung

(?   -    ) Indian author whose interesting sf novel, The Wind Obeys Lama Toru (1967), is a complex story about Overpopulation in which fertility and sterility Drugs act and counteract, driving the population up and down disastrously until the year 2175. [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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