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Guha, Anton-Andreas

(1937-2010) German journalist and author whose sf novel, Ende: Tagebuch aus dem Dritten Weltkrieg (1983; trans Fred Taylor as Ende: A Diary of the Third World War 1986), provides, as its title indicates, a Near Future vision of the terminal horrors of World War Three as the End of the World approaches Germany; the tale is told from an intensely convinced pacifist perspective. [JC]

Mad 3 Party, The

US Fanzine variously edited by Laurie Mann, Pat Vandenberg and (from 1986) Leslie Turek. Published 1984-1990; 38 issues, US quarto paper, stapled. / This lively newsletter was closely associated with the 1989 Boston Worldcon bid, and then with preparations for the resulting convention, known as Noreascon 3 (the third Worldcon in Boston; hence also the 3 in the fanzine title). Thus it included much discussion of related matters, such as Worldcon and Hugo statistics and the financing of ...

Bailey, Charles W

(1929-2012) US author and journalist who collaborated with Fletcher Knebel (whom see for details) on Seven Days in May (1962). [JC]

Dimopoulos, Elaine

(?   -    ) US teacher and author whose Young Adult Dystopian Near Future tale, Material Girls (2015), is set in an America insignificantly different from the real world, except that that aspect of the Media Landscape concerned with clothes and fashion (see also Advertising) has here gained mandatory control over what is worn. Everyone changes gear according to diktat. The Satire is clear, though mildly couched. The two young protagonists, one a maven with ...

McCaffrey, Gigi

Working name of Georgeanne Johnson (1959-    ), US author, daughter of Anne McCaffrey and sister of Todd McCaffrey, who has contributed to her family's creation and prolongation of the complex Pern sequence with Dragon's Code: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern (2018). The story deals with states of internal and external exile suffered by survivors and descendants of the last Invasion of the corrosive, mindlessly destructive spores from space (see Panspermia) known as ...

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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