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Poyer, David C

(1949-    ) US author who has published non-genre work as David Poyer, and sf variously as David C Poyer, D C Poyer and David Andreissen. The Shiloh Project (1981) is set in the Near Future of an Alternate History in which the South had won the Battle of Gettysburg 120 years before. Star Seed (1982) as David Andreissen places within a context of exceeding grimness – Aliens have irrevocably poisoned Earth in an attempt to Terraform it for their own needs – a tale ...

Nickels, Thom

(?   -    ) US author of Walking Water/After All This (coll 1989), whose two tales are designed to test Gender issues in two radically different venus: the first is a Posthumous Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; the second, set on Earth after a mysterious Disaster has depopulated the world, confronts its protagonist with a baby Messiah. [JC]

Zola, Émile

(1840-1902) French author whose long and intense Rougon-Macquart sequence of Naturalist novels (1871-1893) includes tales like Nana (1880; trans E A Vizetelly 1884), for which he was once notorious. Zola is of sf interest for Vérité (1903 2vols; trans E A Vizetelly as Truth 1903), the third instalment of his unfinished Les Quatre Évangiles ["The Four Evangelists"] quartet, which was planned to espouse a kind of Tolstoyan socialism. The action in Truth extends through the ...

Ingrey, Derek

(1929-1989) UK scriptwriter for television and film and author whose Post-Holocaust sf novel, Pig on a Lead (1963), describes the dead-end life of the last surviving humans in the UK – two men, who soon kill each other, and a boy Last Man figure, who survives in the company of a young Eve-figure (see Adam and Eve) and the eponymous pig. Told in a remarkable pot pourri of styles, the book makes effective use of many black-humour routines. [JC]

Bedford, David

(1937-2011) UK composer and musician. Best known for his collaborations with Mike Oldfield – for instance his orchestral version of Tubular Bells (The Orchestral Tubular Bells, 1974) – Bedford was also a skilled composer of popular and avant-garde classical music. His Star Clusters, Nebulae and Places in Devon (1971), scored for two eight-part choirs with a five horn brass group, is low key, unstrained and haunting. Other albums evince a recurring astronomical fascination: The Sword ...

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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