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Follett, James

(1939-2021) UK author of fiction and technical material, not to be confused with his cousin, Ken Follett. Some of his early sf work was created for BBC TV and BBC Radio, including The Light of a Thousand Suns (1974) and most famously the Earthsearch sequence, for which he wrote both the radio version – two seasons of ten episodes each, Earthsearch: A Ten-Part Adventure Serial in Time and Space (January-March 1981) and Earthsearch II (January-March 1982) – and the book series, ...

Bradford, Columbus

(1901-1938) US author whose Terrania: or, The Feminization of the World (1930) posits a Near Future Aristophanean strike by women against marriage until War is ended; the victorious leader of the strike becomes World President in 1950. [JC]

Takei, George

(1937-    ) US actor and author, best known for his role as Mr Sulu in the original Star Trek. Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe (1979) with Robert Lynn Asprin places a Japanese mercenary and ninja in a free-for-all Near Future corporate world. To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu (1994), though focusing on the Star Trek years, interestingly speaks of Takei's experience as a Japanese-American child incarcerated during World War Two in an American ...

Crawford, Theron Clark

(1849-1925) US entrepreneur (involved with various Buffalo Bill enterprises), journalist and (apparently) Theosophist (see Theosophy), active circa 1885-1925; from about 1898 he was based mainly in London. The protagonist of A Man and His Soul: An Occult Romance of Washington Life (1894) finds himself semi-occultly able to glimpse the future of America, a quasi-Utopia dominated by advances in technology. The title story assembled in The Disappearance Syndicate; And, Senator Stanley's Story ...

Albano, Peter

(1922-2006) US author who served in the US Navy 1942-1946; he is known mainly for the nine-book Seventh Carrier sequence of Military SF adventures starring the World War Two Japanese aircraft carrier Yonaga, trapped for over forty years in a secret port by a shift of glacier ice. The crew and airmen, now mostly in their sixties, finally break free in late 1983. Owing to a rogue Chinese anti-missile system whose laser-armed satellites target and destroy modern jet engines and Weapons, the Yonaga ...

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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