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Weaver, Wertie Clarice

(?   -?   ) US teacher and author, a founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 1913, who used her experience as an African American to focus the intensity of her Utopia, The Valley of the Poor (1945), in which racial prejudice (see Race in SF) has been cured medically. [JC]

Taylor, John

(1931-2012) UK physicist and author, chiefly of popular science books, whose short fiction of genre interest is confined to "Survival of the Fittest" in Beyond This Horizon (anth 1973) edited by Christopher Carrell. The nonfiction Black Holes: The End of the Universe? (1973) includes some fanciful and implausible speculation on the properties of Black Holes that verges on sf. Taylor ventured out of his areas of undoubted expertise – mathematical Physics and artificial intelligence (see ...

Barb Wire

Film (1996). Polygram Film Entertainment. Directed by David Hogan. Written by Chuck Pfarrer and Ilene Chaiken, from a story by Chaiken; based on the Comics character created by Chris Warren for Dark Horse Comics. Cast includes Amir Aboulela, Pamela Anderson, Xander Berkeley, Temuera Morrison, Steve Railsback and Victoria Rowell. 98 minutes. Colour. / 2017: a Dystopian Near Future America with civil war intensifying, and the government applying increasing force in futile attempts to control ...

Tunstall, Brian

(1900-1970) UK author of several books on naval warfare; his sf novel, Eagles Restrained (1936), shows some prescience in his Prediction that World War Two will begin with a German-Polish conflict (though it dates the event to 1954), but is less fortunate in its assumption that the International Air Police of the League of Nations, maintaining a long-sustained Pax Aeronautica, would intervene to quell the dispute. [JC]

Madden, Samuel

(1686-1765) Irish clergyman and author, nicknamed Premium Madden for his philanthropical work, whose Proto SF novel, Memoirs of the Twentieth Century: Being Original Letters of State Under George the Sixth [for full subtitle see Checklist] (1733) anonymous, takes as usual in eighteenth-century works the theoretical platform of the future as an enabling device to comment – in Madden's case with sufficient Satirical point for his text to be immediately suppressed – on contemporary ...

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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