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Lewis, Sinclair

(1885-1951) US author, highly esteemed in the 1920s and 1930s for such novels as Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922), and first US winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1930; but his reputation had much diminished before his death, and has not recovered. Lewis's first novel, Hike and the Aeroplane (1912) as by Tom Graham, is a juvenile centred on the Invention of a futuristic 200mph ...

James, Roby

Pseudonym of US scriptwriter, spiritual adviser and author Rhoda Blecker (?   -    ); the Starfire sequence, comprising Commencement (1996) and Commitment (1997), features a young woman with Psi Powers who, after being trained to use them for evil by an interstellar government, learns to use them for good, which benefits all. Beyond the Hedge (2006) is fantasy. [JC]

Kim, A L

(?   -    ) US author of a Young Adult adventure, Qwan: The Showdown (1996), set in a Post-Holocaust America where martial arts are useful. [JC]

Wagner, Z M

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Satire, One Nation Under George (2005), set in a very Near Future America (2004-2008) responding, under the leadership of George W Bush, to the post 9/11 world in terms of a (to outsiders) surreal exceptionalism. As with most satires of American Politics, reality outstripped the jokes. [JC]

Shiras, Wilmar H

(1908-1990) US author whose first novel, Slow Dawning (1946) as by Jane Howes, was not sf or fantasy. She began publishing sf with "In Hiding" for Astounding in November 1948, the first of several stories assembled as Children of the Atom (stories November 1948-March 1950 Astounding; fixup 1953). The narrative concerns a number of radiation-engendered child geniuses (see Superman) who ...

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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