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Winchester, Mark

(?   -?   ) UK author, possibly pseudonymous, of boys' stories, those of most sf interest being Lord of the Lonely Isle (1940), a Lost Race tale set on a mysterious Island in the South Pacific, whose previously undiscovered inhabitants include the descendants of pirates, and a race of giant apes; and The Secret Treasure (1947), which locates its mild-mannered Lost Race, descended from Incas, in Peru. [JC]

Ufofu

Shortlived US band, based in Dallas, Texas. Stylistically Ufofu were a blend of punk jaggedness and a jazzier experimental element; their albums Extra Terrestrial Jazz Distortion (?1996) and Ufofu (1997) are imaginative and energetic if not wholly coherent examples of postpunk sf. [AR] see also: SF Music. /

Ely, David

Working name of US journalist and author David Eli Lilienthal (1927-    ), who began to publish work of sf interest with "The Last Friday in August" for Fantastic in December 1961, but who is perhaps best known for a politically charged borderline thriller, The Tour (1967), in which tourists visit a fictional South American country to engage in "fake" sex, violence, guerrilla warfare, and reality-show-like rituals. The fabrication of reality (see Perception) for an ...

Convertito, Bill

(?   -    ) US author of an sf thriller, The Rombella Shuttle (1977), in which radical changes in the environment and human behaviour leads to justified Paranoia about the corrupting presence of Aliens adapted to be indistinguishable from humans; the human protagonist falls in love with one of these, and the conspiracy begins to unravel. [JC]

Prugovečki, Eduard

(1937-2003) Romanian-born physicist and author, in Canada from 1965; of sf interest are his two Utopias, Memoirs of the Future (2001), which rather abstractly describes a good and a bad world to come, affirming throughout the value of science when applied correctly; and Dawn of the New Man (2002), set in a vaguely-described distant Near Future where the good and the less good are described in terms of an openness to Sex: a Dystopia known as the Free World Federation is cured from within by ...

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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