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Bramwell, James

(1911-1995) UK playwright, teacher and author, who also wrote as by James Byrom; his Utopia, Going West (1935), is set on a Mediterranean Island newly created by a deity disgruntled with humanity's record and prospects; the story, uneasily Equipoised between genres, ends in disaster, and the Brave New World – William Shakespeare's The Tempest (performed circa 1611; 1623) is a clear model for the experiment – sinks back into the sea. The nonfiction Lost Atlantis (1937) unfanatically ...

Infinite Matrix, The

US professional cumulative Online Magazine which posted material daily but was archived monthly. It was published by Eileen Gunn and ran, after what could have been its only issue in August 2001, from November 2001 to January 2006, with three additional issues in April 2006, January 2007 and July 2008. Along with Sci Fiction and Strange Horizons, both of which had been running for about a year, The Infinite Matrix became one of the three leading online magazines at the start of the new ...

Smith, George Albert

(1864-1959) Pioneering UK filmmaker (see Cinema), sometimes referred to as G A Smith. Initially a stage hypnotist and part of an act with Douglas Blackburn involving mind-reading (see Telepathy) and second sight (see ESP), Smith joined the Society for Psychical Research in 1883. He worked with Edmund Gurney, who was investigating Hypnotism, telepathy and suchlike: Smith, along with Blackburn, undertook the experiments that Gurney used as the basis of his research and writings (see ...

Young, Florence Ethel

(1875-1945) UK author mostly of romances from the turn of the century to about 1936; of sf interest is The War of the Sexes (1905), set in a distant Near Future as envisioned in a dream where the Invention in the twentieth century of a fertility drug for rabbits has caused the virtual elimination of the human male; women breed by parthenogenesis. [JC]

Lawrence, Jim

Working name of US teacher and author James Duncan Lawrence (1918-1994), active from 1941 until the 1980s; he was one of the main authors in the Second Series of Tom Swift books (see Children's SF), comprising the Tom Swift Jr sequence as by Victor Appleton II (see Victor Appleton); Lawrence's contributions begin with #5: Tom Swift and His Atomic Earth Blaster (1954) and end with #30: Tom Swift and His G-Force Inverter (1968), all as by Victor Appleton II (for list of titles by other authors ...

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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