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Pettit, Henry

(1842-1921) US architect and author of A Twentieth Century Idealist (1905), the biography of a dreamer that climaxes in a Lost Race Utopia where his visions have come true. [JC]

McLaughlin, N Monroe

(1830-1907) US teacher and author of The Last Man: A Novel (1900), couched as the autobiography of the last Union survivor of the American Civil War; his narrative extends to 1926, when America has become a clement Utopia. [JC]

Matsumoto Leiji

Working name of Akira Matsumoto (1938-    ), Japanese artist and illustrator whose Space Opera stories and designs became icons of Manga and Anime in the 1970s and 1980s. Matsumoto's father was a pioneer aviator who had trained in inter-war France with aggressor squadrons, but fell on hard times in the 1940s. While Matsumoto's brothers went into engineering, the self-taught Matsumoto became a teenage Comics prodigy, pawning his record collection to make the one-way 24-hour ...

Vincent, Lady Kitty

Working name of Scottish dog-breeder and author Lady Kitty Edith Blanche Ogilvy (1887-1969), who also wrote children's fiction as by Lady Kitty Riston; she is of sf interest for Lost World (1937), a Lost World adventure. [JC]

Roemer, Kenneth M

(1945-    ) US academic and author whose works of sf interest have focused on Utopias, beginning with The Obsolete Necessity: America in Utopian Writings, 1888-1900 (1976), which remains perhaps the most sophisticated reading of utopian literature in America in the decade after the publication of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, 2000-1887 (1888). the essays in America as Utopia (coll 1980) examine widely divergent authors, a gamut running from B F Skinner to Kurt Vonnegut. ...

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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