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Thomson, A A M

(1894-1968) UK author, who in later life became well-known as a cricket columnist, writing as A A Thomson; he was in active service during World War One. Thomson is of some interest for his first book, The World of Billiam Wissold (1927), a Parody of the club-bore style of H G Wells's The World of William Clissold: A Novel at a New Angle (1926 3vols), which incorporates a ...

Williams, Tess

(1954-    ) UK-born teacher, editor and author, in Australia for many years; she began publishing work of genre interest with "The Padwan Affair" in She's Fantastical (anth 1995) edited by Judith Raphael Buckrich and Lucy Sussex. Of sf interest are two novels: Map of Power (1996), set mostly in a Ruined-Earth Australia, where various strategies for survival – always in ...

Schutt, Bill

(?   -    ) US zoologist and author whose first book, Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures (2008), is nonfiction. He is of sf interest for the R J MacCready sequence of Alternate History tales beginning with Hell's Gate (2016), all with J R Finch. The Jonbar Point for this version of the post- ...

Masterman, Walter S

(1876-1946) UK author of detective thrillers some of which, like The Yellow Mistletoe (1930), combine romance, detection, mystery and Lost Races; in this case a young woman named Diana has been abducted by the representative of an ancient fertility cult whose members live in a hidden valley in the Balkans, and who conduct fertility rites (see Sex) in the springtime. Similarly told, but of stronger sf interest, ...

Quotations

Sf has long suffered from the perception that its authors are characteristically excellent creators of ideas but clunky prose stylists, suggesting that the genre – and by inference the larger body of texts comprising Fantastika into which sf complexly fits – may not be distinguished by an abundance of well-turned phrases. Still, there are any number of statements by Genre SF writers and others, in stories and articles, that ...

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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