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Carter, Raphael

(?   -    ) US author, female, of whom little is known beyond her authorship of an sf novel, The Fortunate Fall (1996), which – though its basic premise derives from D G Compton's The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (1974; rev vt The Unsleeping Eye 1974; vt Death Watch 1981) – intensely presents a Cyberpunk world two centuries hence; the female protagonist, a news reporter with a Computer-driven camera wired into her sensorium, finds herself deeply ...

Ramo, Simon

(1913-2016) US engineer and author whose nonfiction includes Peacetime Uses of Outer Space (1961) and What's Wrong with Our Technological Society and How to Fix It (1983), in which he advocates nuclear disarmament and a society capable of controlling its own excesses. A similar philosophy is given Near Future fictional form in The Islands of E, Cono, and My: A Fable of a World Beset by Economic Problems from Which It Almost Escapes (1973) (see Economics), where visions of Utopia are beset by ...

Jackson, Stuart

(?   -2006) UK teacher and author, whose Tracer (1990) depicts a Near Future Britain whose government jails AIDS victims. [JC]

Hanifin, John M

(?   -?   ) US author, whose reported death circa 1898 seems unlikely as manuscripts in his name were being submitted for publication five years later; his Lost Race novel, The Blind Men and the Devil (1891) as by Phineas, describes the experiences of a married couple who, mistaken for dead, are dumped into a river and discover an Underground world inhabited by a blind race. [JC]

Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review Annual

Beginning with Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review Annual 1988 (dated 1988 but 1989) edited by Robert A Collins and Robert Latham – whose coverage is of 1987 – this series was an annual book spin-off from the defunct magazine Fantasy Review (folded August 1987). The book-review section of the magazine had been its strongest feature, and continues as the central feature of the annual, whose first edition published around 550 brief reviews (most reprinted, though individual ...

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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