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Mastai, Elan

(?   -    ) Canadian screenwriter and author, best known in the former capacity for scripting a romantic comedy, The F Word (2013) directed by Michael Dowse. His first novel, All Our Wrong Todays (2017), describes two Alternate History versions of recent history, one being our default world, which is here depicted as profoundly Dystopian for a range of reasons, including Climate Change caused by uncontrollable use of energy. The other world is a Utopia built ...

Gorst, Harold E

(1868-1950) UK journalist, editor and author, of whose ten or more works of fiction two are sf: Without Bloodshed: A Probability of the Twentieth Century (1897), a Satire set in a Near Future UK whose socialist government has been subverted by American millionaires for their own advantage; and Sketches of the Future (coll 1898), which contains several further satires, always from a politically and culturally conservative point of view (Feminism, for instance, is guyed). [JC]

Kenin, Millea

(1942-1992) US editor, publisher, anthologist, poet and author active in Fandom, who began to release stories of genre interest with "The Knight of the Road" in Potboiler for February 1982. Under her birth name Millea Levin she was founder-editor of the Poetry journal Sciamachy (1960-1964), contributors with entries in this encyclopedia including John Clute and Thomas M Disch. As Kenin, she was founder-editor of Owlflight (which see), whose five issues appeared from 1981 to 1986. Her Anthology ...

Smith, Ella

(1933-    ) US author of books on film stars; of some sf interest is Transference (1982), a tale treating the consequences of Identity Transfer unclearly, though with Gothic touches. [JC]

Sittenfeld, Curtis

(1975-    ) American author, much of whose work chronicles the concerns and tribulations of patrician US society and its inevitable involvement in Politics. Her work crossed into the Slipstream of the sf genre with Sisterland (2013), in which twins with ESP adopt different paths in life, dependent on their respective acceptance or rejection of their inherited powers. / Following American Wife (2008), a non-genre novel inspired by the life of former First Lady Laura Bush, ...

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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