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Hamid, Mohsin

(1971-    ) Pakistani-born author, mainly in US and UK from early childhood, though more recently in Pakistan. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Of Windows and Doors" (14 November 2016 The New Yorker), an excerpt (released well before the book's publication) from his first novel of sf relevance, Exit West (2017), which is set in an unspecified City in an unspecified Near Future (see Mainstream Writers of SF), though the narrative is in fact intensely conveyed ...

MacGregor, Reginald James

(?   -?   ) UK playwright and author of The Monkey-God's Secret (1924), whose sf content is undetermined; in later years, MacGregor, writing as R J McGregor (note spelling of surname), later published Knights of the Skies (1947), a Children's SF tale whose protagonists are rescued by an advanced Technology: a plane that is also being used to destroy warmongers worldwide. Under the same name, he released several nonfantastic 1940s and 1950s detective adventures for ...

Muir, Tamsyn

(?   -    ) Australian-born author, in New Zealand since infancy and in the UK from some point after 2010, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The House that Made the Sixteen Loops of Time" in Fantasy Magazine for February 2011, most of her subsequent short fiction being fantasy. Her first novel, Gideon the Ninth (in Publishing 2019 Debut Sampler: Some of the Most Exciting New Voices in Science Fiction and Fantasy, anth 2019 ebook; much ...

Pogue, Bill

(1930-2014) US Skylab astronaut and author, whose The Trikon Deception (1992) with Ben Bova, a Near Future tale set on a vast orbiting satellite where scientists employed by various private corporations are ostensibly united in an attempt to work out a technological fix to save the planet, which is decaying rapidly through Ecological degradation; but conflicts soon ensue. [JC]

Black Mirror

UK tv series (2011-2019). Zeppotron, Channel 4 (first two series plus Christmas special); Netflix (third and subsequent series). Created and mostly written by Charlie Brooker (1971-    ). Additional writers include Jesse Armstrong and Kanak "Konnie" Asha Huq. Directed by Otto Bathurst, Oona Chaplin, Tom Cullen, Owen Harris, Bryn Higgins, Euros Lyn, Carl Tibbetts and Brian Welsh. Cast includes Hayley Atwell, Jessica Brown-Finlay, Leonora Crichlow, Lindsay Duncan, Jason ...

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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