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Johnson, Toby

Working name of US author Edwin Clark Johnson (1945-    ), whose Plague: A Novel About Healing (1987) is a Near Future medical thriller, and whose Secret Matter (1990; rev 2005) is a First Contact novel set in San Francisco after a devastating earthquake, the encounter leading to a clement gay Utopia. [JC]

Trimble, Bjo

Esperanto-based "fan name" of Betty JoAnne Conway Trimble (1933-    ), used for all her written work. She was long active in Fandom since attending the 1952 Worldcon; she worked on various Los Angeles SF Society Fanzines including De Profundis and Shangri L'Affaires, organized Convention masquerades and in 1960 established the convention Art Show in its modern form. She was an occasional contributor to Locus. As an artist signing herself Bjo, she published black-and-white ...

Satchell, William

(1861-1942) UK-born farmer, publisher, journalist and author, in New Zealand from 1886; intermittently active as a poet and journalist from around 1880, sometimes as by Samuel Cliall White and other names not identified. Of his four novels, the least popular was The Elixir of Life (1907), an sf story in which Immortality is sought, and perhaps achieved, through the Invention of a disease-averting serum. [JC]

Beeching, Jack

Working name of UK poet and author John Charles Stuart Beeching (1922-2001), author (in collaboration with his first wife) of numerous Young Adult historical novels as James Barbary. His sf novel, The Dakota Project (1968), is a Near Future tale focusing on the eponymous, claustrophobic government project which prefigures outcomes ominous to a free society. [JC]

Grey Goo

Popular term (also spelt "gray goo" in the USA) for the nightmare scenario of uncontrolled Nanotechnology in which the hypothetical tiny self-replicators reproduce without limit, converting all available organic matter – or in some cases inorganic matter, or both – into more and yet more devouring grey goo. Such a Disaster is threatened but averted in Assemblers of Infinity (September-December 1992 Analog; exp 1993) by Kevin J Anderson and Doug Beason. Earth has been destroyed 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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