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Barnes, Colin F

(?   -    ) UK author whose first series, the Techxorcist sequence beginning with Artificial Evil (2012) is set in an artificial world-dominating domed City (see Keep); renamed, the essential overall story seems to continue in the Code Breakers sequence beginning with Code Breakers: Prequel (2014 chap) and Alpha (2014), placed in the same Post-Holocaust world. His second series, the City of Hell Chronicles beginning with City of Hell Chronicles Vol 1 (2011), ...

Hickling, Hugh

(1920-2007) UK lawyer, civil servant and author, whose The Furious Evangelist: Being the Memoirs of Richard Civet During a Time of Moral Breakdown (1950) is a Dystopia reflecting the distress of an intelligent conservative mind caught in the insecure years after World War Two, in which he served 1941-1945 as seaman and naval officer. [JC]

Simms, William A

(?   -    ) US musician and author whose first novel, Zuro!: A Tale of Alien Avengers (1996), is sf, based on the off-planet origin of Homo sapiens, whites from the planet Cyripton and Blacks from Zuro. An Alien delegation from Zuro, shocked by the disparity between the races (see Race in SF), finds that it must impose equality by force. [JC]

Shawn, Wallace

(1943-    ) US actor and playwright, very active in the former capacity; some of his roles – including a part of Strange Invaders (1983), the comic villain Vizzini in The Princess Bride (1987) and Grand Negus Zek in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – are of genre interest. As a playwright, the transgressive and Absurdist works of his earlier career, which began with The Hotel Play (1970), gradually gained narrative clarity and political focus, though without losing a ...

Gozlan, Léon

(1806-1866) French political journalist, feuilletonist, playwright and author, one of whose many novels is an sf Satire, Les Émotions de Polydore Marasquin; ou, Trois mois parmi les singes (1856 Journal Pour Tous; 1857; trans anon as The Man Among the Monkeys; Or, Ninety Days in Apeland. To Which Are Added The Philosopher and his Monkey, The Professor and the Crocodile, and Other Strange Stories of Men and Animals, anth 1873) [see Checklist for further translations], in which the ...

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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