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Wallace, Nick

(1972-    ) UK media consultant and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Five Dimensional Thinking" in Life During Wartime (anth 2003) edited by Paul Cornell, like most of his work a contribution to the Doctor Who universe, in this case the Bernice Summerfield subseries. Fear Itself (2005) is set in the Doctor Who BBC Past Doctors subseries. Collected Works (anth 2006) assembles Bernice Summerfield tales. [JC]

Lory, Robert

(1936-    ) US public relations adviser and author who began publishing sf with "Rundown" for Worlds of If (see If) in May 1963; his stories have been assembled as A Harvest of Hoodwinks (coll 1970 dos). His sf novels, mostly light, fantasy-laced adventures, are unambitious but competent; they include Identity Seven (1974), which involves Identity Exchange in various realities, and The Thirteen Bracelets (1974). The Trovo series – The Eyes of Bolsk (1969 dos) and ...

Walters, Hugh

Pseudonym of UK businessman and author Walter Llewellyn Hughes (1910-1993) for his fiction, all Children's SF, and all restricted for many years to his Chris Godfrey/U N Exploration Agency sequence of interplanetary adventures, beginning with Blast Off at Woomera (1957; rev vt Blast Off at 0300 1958) and ending some twenty volumes later with P-K (1986). Chris Godfrey starts as a boy, but grows up and advances through the ranks of the United Nations Exploration Agency, the "organization ...


Term used in this encyclopedia to cover various sf extrapolations of the walled, gated or segregated community; it is very roughly equivalent to the Edifice in fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The sf term. It is taken from Fury (May-July 1947 Astounding as by Lawrence O'Donnell; 1950; vt Destination Infinity 1956) by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore, where Keeps are fortified domes Under the Sea into which humanity has retreated from the savage environment of Venus. ...

Hérault, Paul-Jean

Pseudonym of French journalist and author Michel Rigaud (1934-2020), perhaps best known in France for his Cal de Ter sequence of Space Operas beginning with Le Rescapé de la Terre ["The Survivor of Earth"] (1975). Les Clones Deviants ["The Clone Deviants"] (2005; trans Michael Shreve as The Clone Rebellion 2015) is set in a Galactic Empire universe, with great armies of Clones clashing in interstellar space; their realization that they have been engineered to die uselessly leads to their ...

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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