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Pseudonym of New Zealand-born UK author Alice Dew-Smith (1859-1949) of A White Umbrella and Other Stories (coll 1895); in the third story, "A Ballet in the Skies", the narrator is taken to the Moon by "flowers". [JC]

London, Alex

(1980-    ) US author who is of sf interest for his first series, the Young Adult Proxy sequence comprising Proxy (2013) and Guardian (2014), which is set in an undetermined venue in an unspecified Near Future City surrounded by wilderness and structured as a rigid hierarchy. The two protagonists – one a privileged Patron and one a Proxy who must submit to all the penalties incurred by his "twin" (see Crime and Punishment; Doppelganger; Slavery) – find themselves ...

Michaud, A C

(1876-1975) US author of Our Coming World (1951), a Utopia set on a Mars whose long-lived inhabitants, benefiting from a healthy socialist regime much in contrast with the terrible state of post-World War Two Earth, kidnap the crew of a B-29 bomber and teach them things it is good to know. [JC]

Oldrey, John

(?   -?   ) UK author whose sf novel, The Devil's Henchmen (1926), which is unusually set in the future, locates a Lost Race north of India; advanced Technology allows its inhabitants to maintain a secret Utopia. [JC]

Mannes, Marya

(1904-1990) US author, features editor and journalist, often on Feminist themes. Her first novel, Message from a Stranger (1948), is an afterlife fantasy. In her sf Satire They (1968), the USA is taken over by the under-30s, who determine that everyone must retire by the age of 50, live in segregated Keeps, and undergo euthanasia by the age of 65. [JC/PN]

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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