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Ferenczy, Árpád

(1877-circa 1930) Hungarian author of several works in Hungarian, before publishing in German (apparently translated from manuscript by Hans Otto Werda) his sf novel Timotheus Thümmel und seine Ameisen (1923; trans anon as The Ants of Timothy Thümmel 1924), a Satire featuring a race of ants in central Africa whose Intelligence exceeds that of humans, and who engage in a kind of ...

Munroe, Randall

(1984-    ) US online Comics writer and artist with a degree in physics, formerly a NASA roboticist. He is best known for his xkcd webcomic, published since September 2005, which despite the limitations of stick-figure artwork has gained great popularity among sf fandom and the broader "geek culture" for its witty, original, Internet-savvy approach to Physics, ...

Oh, Temi

(1993-    ) UK neuroscientist and author whose first novel, the Young Adult Do You Dream of Terra-Two? (2019), set in an Alternate History version of the world mainly distinguished from the real world through its suffering even more savage Climate Change and through the fact that the crisis has been taken seriously enough to offer some chance that ...

Omen, Edward

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of Nutopia (Or Nineteen-Twenty-One) (1908), a Near Future Island Utopia, a land that flourishes under women's rule (see Feminism), with implications for the future of Britain. [JC]

Ayrton, Elisabeth

(1910-1991) UK author, best known for books on cooking; married first to Nigel Balchin (1933-1951), then to Michael Ayrton (from 1952 until his death in 1975). Her sf novel, Day Eight (1978), portrays a Near-Future world in Ecological extremis, to which Gaia responds through a sudden acceleration in the ...

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 ...

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