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Davis, Nathan, Capt

US author (?   -    ) of whom nothing is known – it is possible he is either a descendant of the Captain Nathan Davis (?   -1844) from Virginia who served in the War of 1812, or borrowed his name – beyond his authorship of a Utopia, Beulah: Or, A Parable of Social Regeneration (1904), which posits a future based on Christian socialism. [JC]

Mason, Grace Sartwell

(1876-1966) US author, actively prolific as a short story writer for many years; of her novels, The Bear's Claws (1913) with John Northern Hilliard is of sf interest as a Lost World tale set in Persia, where an ancient City is discovered; the otherness of this city is muted by its discoverers' calling it Persepolis, a genuine ancient city whose location has been known for thousands of years. [JC]


Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of The Blue Shirts (1926), a Near Future political thriller in which the eponymous para-legal cadre attempts to create a Socialist Republic of Great Britain. Several separate Fascist organizations, each known as The Blue Shirts, were founded in or around 1932 in China, Ireland, Portugal; members of the Parti national social chrétien in mid-1930s Canada were known as "Blue Shirts". The connection, if ...

Ballantyne, Tony

(1972-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Sixth VNM" in Interzone for December 1998, a tale whose protagonist, James Clark, crashlands on what becomes Clarkworld (not the later Clarkesworld), where he becomes the victim (it seems) of an array of Von Neumann Machines bent on conquering the universe. This was the first instalment of the Recursion sequence which comprises Recursion (2004), Capacity (2005), Divergence (2007), along with most of ...

Madden, Timothy A

(1941-    ) US author of Outbanker (1990), a Space Opera, and of The Bruja's Tale (2008), and occult fantasy. [JC]

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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