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Sinderby, Donald

Pseudonym of UK author Donald Ryder Stephens (1898-1983), in active service during World War One. The last of his five novels, Mother-in-Law India (1930), is a Near Future tale in which the British Empire threatens to crack apart due to Britain's socialist government's foolish promise to give India her freedom (see Imperialism; Politics), opening the road to miscegenation (see Race in SF), a fate worse than death that is averted in Sinderby's earlier nonfantastic The Jewel of Malaba: A Story of ...

MacClure, Victor

Pseudonym of UK author Victor Thom McWalter MacClure (1887-1963); he specialized in detective novels and contemporary thrillers, and also published as by Peter Craig. Sources have differed as to whether his full name is Victor Thom MacWalter MacClure, or if Victor MacClure is a pseudonym of Thom MacWalter. His only sf novel, The Ark of the Covenant: A Romance of the Air and of Science (1924; vt Ultimatum: A Romance of the Air 1924 UK), tells of Near Future world disarmament brought about by ...

Delgado, Ronald

(1980-    ) Venezuelan physicist and author of short Hard SF stories. His narratives alternate between hard sf and erotic sf. His story "1000101" won the third prize in I Concurso de Relatos Eróticos: Sexo Para Leer by Revista Urbe Bikini in 2007 and appeared in Revista Urbe Bikini: Sexo a 62 Manos. Antología (anth 2007). In this story he portrays the utilization of Virtual Reality technologies for Sex. He also won the II Concurso de Relatos de Ciencia ...

Stead, F Herbert

(1857-1928) UK minister and author, instrumental in the campaign that led to the passing of the Old Age Pension act in 1908; brother of W T Stead. No More War!: "Truth Embodied in a Tale" (1917), set initially in World War One, extends into the Near Future as the conflict continues, until it must be brought to a stop. [JC]

Rossetto, Louis Jr

(1949-    ) US author of Take-over: A Speculative and Otherwise Utterly Fictional Account of How Richard Milhous Nixon Will Usurp the Power of his Office, Take Over the Country, and Commit Other Heinous and Nasty Acts (1974), a very Near Future Satire that was clearly overtaken by events. [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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