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Winchester, Simon

(1944-    ) UK journalist and author, for many years resident in the USA, a citizen of that country from 2011, active as a journalist from the 1960s. He is the author of several nonfiction studies of world politics, many of which edge into Futures Studies territory, including Pacific: The Ocean of the Future (2015), which takes a sharply negative view of Japanese industries. He is of specific sf interest for the ...

McComas, J Francis

(1911-1978) US editor and author who published a number of sf stories under his own name – including "Shock Treatment" (in 9 Tales of Space and Time, anth 1954, ed Raymond J Healy) and "Parallel" (April 1955 F&SF) – and as Webb Marlowe. He was co-editor with Raymond J Healy of the thirty-five-story Anthology ...

Ex Machina

Role Playing Game (2004). Guardians of Order. Designed by Bruce Baugh, Rebecca Borgstrom, Christian Gossett, Bradley Kayl, Michelle Lyons. / Ex Machina is a game of all the many Cyberpunks, from the alternate 1980s of William Gibson's Neuromancer (1984) and Walter Jon Williams's Hardwired (1986) through ...

Sandford, John

Pseudonym of US journalist and author John Roswell Camp (1944-    ), best known for his nonfantastic work, in particular the Prey series of detective thrillers [not listed below]. He is of sf interest for the Young Adult Near Future Singular Menace sequence beginning with Uncaged (2014), whose young protagonists, involved in animal-rights issues, raid an experimental lab to free its ...


(circa 429-347 BCE) Greek philosopher, included here partly because his dialogues Timaeus and its appendix Critias (circa 350 BCE) have been taken as examples of Proto SF in their vivid description of Atlantis, a fortified circular Island City on a plateau, embedding in a sketchy (but useful) narrative glimpses of a communal society. The sinking ...

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 ...

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