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Kreisheimer, H C

(1897-1972) US author of The Whooping Crane (1955 chap), in which a community enforcedly becomes a communist Dystopia, with the eponymous airplane, which is ambivalently futuristic, symbolically active in the tale. [JC]

DuBois, Brendan

(1959-    ) US author of thrillers, some of which – tales like Final Winter (2008), about the aftermath of 9/11 [not listed below] – come close to the Technothriller, though they do not usually push the envelope of the present day into sf; he has also written as by Alan Glenn. Of genre interest is Resurrection Day (1999), a Sidewise Award-winning Alternate History of the United States after a botched handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 has led to World ...

Wood, Mrs J

Pseudonym of US journalist, editor and author William Mill Butler (1857-1946); in his anti-Feminist Dystopia, Pantaletta: A Romance of Sheheland (1882) as by Mrs J Wood, the narrator, Icarus Byron Gullible (see Gulliver), having traveled to the North Pole in an Airship of his own Invention, discovers a Symmes-style Hollow Earth society governed by a female tyrant; men are forced to cross-dress and shave, and the Satire soon becomes heavy. Butler himself claimed to have subsequently changed his ...

Swift, Jonathan

(1667-1745) Irish satirist, cleric and poet, dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, from 1713, who began publishing with the relatively innocuous Ode: to the King on his Irish Expedition (1691 chap), but who soon composed A Tale of a Tub [for subtitle see Checklist] (1704) anonymous, written almost a decade before it was published. The book incorporated a second satire, usually called today "The Battle of the Books", which used the imagery of books taking sides in a Library in a pitched battle ...

Lewis, Wyndham

(1882-1957) US- or Canadian-born painter and author, primarily in the UK from 1893 (the story of his birth on an American yacht in Canadian waters has been challenged), serving in World War One first as a bombardier, then as a war artist. For the first part of his career, beginning around 1900, he was primarily active as a painter; he is best known in this capacity as a member of the Camden Town Group and the instigator of Vorticism in 1914 – which he promoted vigorously in a Modernist ...

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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