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Lister, Stephen

Pseudonym of UK author Digby George Gerahty (1898-1981), who usually wrote as by Robert Standish; as Lister, he wrote one tale of sf interest, Hail Bolonia! (1948), a Satire on the possibility of genuine Utopian change: in the imaginary country of Bolonia, social and Ecological problems, including Overpopulation, are dealt with promptly; newspapers are truthful; old men retire willingly before they are pushed. [JC]

Jackson, G Gibbard

(1877-1935) UK author, usually of tales for boys on aeronautical subjects, and of nonfiction about air travel and other related topics; of sf interest is Arctic Air Terror (1937), a Lost Race tale set in the Yukon Territory. Within a caldera heated by volcanic action, a technologically advanced but priest-ridden civilization of "white Indians", originally from ancient Egypt, uses its helicopter-like airships and strange Weapons to attempt to protect its gold from the outer world. Unusually for ...

Bolt, Morgan J

(1991-2018) US author whose early (and soon fatal) experience with cancer is recorded in Cancer Just Is: Confessions of a 20-Something Exploring His Illness, Faith and Culture (2018). The Young Adult Tamyth trilogy, beginning with The Rise of Gnurlbane (2013), is fantasy, notable for its geographical sweep and a complexly diversified cast. He is of sf interest for The Favored (2018), a Young Adult distant Near Future Dystopian tale set in a stratified world under the restrictive theological ...

Holden, Inez

(1903-1974) UK journalist and author, active from the early 1920s; around 1940, briefly George Orwell's partner. In 1941 she rented a garage flat from H G Wells, who evicted her when she introduced him to Orwell, soon after the publication of the latter's "Wells, Hitler and the World State" (August 1941 Horizon). She is of sf interest for Born Old, Died Young (1932), a Near Future tale describing en passant some advances in Transportation evident in 1940; the story deals with the effects on its ...

Ingermanson, Randall

(1958-    ) US author in whose City of God sequence of Christian Time Travel tales – comprising Transgression (2000), Premonition (2003) and Retribution (2004) – a Jewish physicist initiates a plot to kill the apostle Paul; further volumes in the sequence continue to explore post-Biblical times. The Near Future Oxygen sequence – comprising Oxygen: A Mission Gone Desperately Wrong and No Way Out Short of Blind Faith (2001) with John B Olson and The Fifth Man ...

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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