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Geston, Mark S

(1946-    ) US author and attorney whose remarkable first novel Lords of the Starship (1967) was published while he was still a student at Kenyon College. This work, which establishes the dark mood of all his fiction and is like its immediate successors – each of which is a study in cultural and technological Decadence – is set in a weary, war-torn Far-Future Earth, describes a dilapidated centuries-long attempt to construct an enormous Spaceship whose completion ...


Pseudonym of US activist and author Miriam Simos (1951-    ), perhaps best known for the nonfiction The Spiral Dance (1979), a Neopagan advocacy of a Religion based on the Goddess. The first volume of her Walking to Mercury sequence, comprising The Fifth Sacred Thing (1993) and Walking to Mercury (1997), is of strong sf interest. Set in the distant Near Future, its narrative unusually encompasses the whole of California: San Francisco has become a Utopia, a pagan and ...

Faber, Geoffrey

(1889-1961) UK publisher, founder of the London firm which bears his name; author of an in effect self-published Lost Race novel, Elnovia: An Entertainment for Novel-Readers (1925), in which the eponymous inhabited flying Island is discovered by an advanced aeroplane (see Transportation). The Utopian pretensions of the islanders are treated mockingly. [JC]

Hartlib, Samuel

(circa 1600-1662) Polish-born scientist, chemist and author, in the UK from about 1628. Hartlib was long assumed to be the author of an anonymous Royalist Utopia: A Description of the Famous Kingdome of Macaria; Shewing its Excellent Government: wherein the Inhabitants Live in Great Prosperity, Health and Happiness; The King Obeyed, the Nobles Honoured, and All good Men Respected, Vice Punished, and Virtue Rewarded. An Example to Other Nations. In a Dialogue Between a Schollar and a Traveller ...

Known Space [series]

Popular sf Future History conceived by Larry Niven (whom see for further discussion), pleasingly blending intelligent Space Opera, Thought Experiments in Physics and various races of colourfully quirky Aliens such as the fanatically risk-averse Puppeteers, the enigmatic and nomadic Outsiders, the tigerish and battle-happy Kzinti, and several more. The series incorporates Niven's first published story "The Coldest Place" (December 1964 If) and thus, unfortunately, the assumption that Mercury ...

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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