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Chambers, Stephen

(?1981-    ) US author who began publishing sf with his Hope sequence of tales comprising Hope's End (2001) and Hope's War (2002), a colony planet whose technology (the backstory is moderately complex) is at about the level of medieval Western Europe. The Planetary Romance glow this setting gives off is darkened through the genuine difficulties experienced by the young protagonist Vel in his coming-of-age, and by a sense of the inevitability of infighting and Realpolitik ...

Wade, Colonel G A

(1891-1986) UK soldier, manufacturer, painter, politician and author who was in active service throughout World War One, winning the Military Cross. His The Defence of Bloodford Village (1940 chap) is a training aid produced for the British Home Guard against a very Near Future German Invasion, with German parachutists descending on the eponymous village, which they occupy, creating a Hitler Wins situation at the heart of World War Two; the pamphlet gives advice on forming a resistance ...


Garland Publishing, Inc, New York, was a US specialist publisher of a wide range of reference works and facsimile reprints, founded in 1969 by Gavin Borden (1939-1991), and active in its own right until the end of the century; only some of the Garland list related to sf, beginning in 1975 with the Garland Library of Science Fiction: 45 titles, selected by Lester del Rey, each novel issued separately in durable editions. The series was criticized, partly for some idiosyncratic choices – ...

MacGregor, Ellen

(1906-1954) US author of children's fiction, most notably the Miss Pickerell sequence beginning with Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars (May 1950 Liberty Magazine as "Swept Her Into Space"; much exp 1951). Lavinia Pickerell, a highly adventurous New England spinster, finds herself travelling to Mars, Under the Sea, and elsewhere; her interest in these adventures is always focused on their scientific implications, and she learns a great deal about the theory and mechanics of Space Flight. Following the ...

James, R M

(?   -    ) US author, female, whose Sorrows sequence beginning with Hear Me Scream (2013) depicts a Near Future America after economic collapse and plague, in the wake of which Mutants appear, but must struggle against savage opposition in order to establish themselves as a step in Evolution. The history of Slavery in pre-Civil War America underlies much of the action. [JC]

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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