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Jeffries, Sagan

Pseudonym of Canadian athlete and author Ed Lukowich (1946-    ) whose curling career climaxed with the captainship of the 1986 team which won the World Curling Championship. In his sf novel, The Trillionist (2013) a Superman on another planet singlehandedly brings his culture up to Technological speed within a few decades, and begins to conquer space; at which point, he must defend his actions in a tribunal convened out of a not entirely unjust fear that this world has gone ...

Sheldon, Sidney

(1917-2007) US screenwriter and author, creator of the fantasy Television series I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and the made-for-television film Shadow on the Land (1968; vt United States: It Can't Happen Here), which is based on It Can't Happen Here (1935) by Sinclair Lewis. Sheldon is better known as the author of eighteen extremely popular thrillers beginning with The Naked Face (1970). Of sf interest is a Technothriller, The Doomsday ...

Bruce, Stewart E

(?   -    ) US author on political issues from a leftwing point of view; his Utopia, The World in 1931 (1921) recklessly – in hindsight – suggests that the outcome of the bitterness and injustices that World War One intensified would be a pacific socialist commonwealth. [JC]

Hart, John

(?   -    ) UK author of Jizz (1992), a lightly Satirical sf speculative spoof set in Brighton, Sussex, in the twenty-first century. [JC]

Drummond, June

(1923-2011) South African author, in London for several years in the 1950s. She wrote almost exclusively detective novels and Regency romances; one of the former, The Gantry Episode (1968; vt Murder on a Bad Trip 1968), edges into sf in its investigation of the planting of the Drug LSD in a reservoir and of the effects thereof. [JC/DRL] see also: Urban Legends. /

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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