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James, R M

(?   -    ) US author, female, whose Sorrows sequence beginning with Hear Me Scream (2013) depicts a Near Future America after economic collapse and plague, in the wake of which Mutants appear, but must struggle against savage opposition in order to establish themselves as a step in Evolution. The history of Slavery in pre-Civil War America underlies much of the action. [JC]

Shaver, Richard S

(1907-1975) US author, author of some sf stories (some under the House Name Paul Lohrman) but now remembered almost exclusively for his hoax-like sequence of Shaver Mystery stories, presented as based on fact, published in Raymond A Palmer's Amazing Stories 1945-1947, beginning with "I Remember Lemuria" in March 1945 (see Theosophy). It brought over 2500 letters in response, and the sequence boosted Amazing's circulation though at the same time alienating many fans; the June 1947 Amazing was an ...

Alam, Rumaan

(circa 1977-    ) US journalist and author whose third novel, Leave the World Behind (2020), comprises an acute analysis of racial/cultural stresses (see Race in SF) in the north-east corridor of America, after a very Near Future Disaster where New York is blacked out, leading the various protagonists of the tale to anticipate something like the End of the World, or to realize it is already under way. The central venue of the tale is a luxurious house on Long Island occupied ...

Fate of the World

Videogame (2011). Red Redemption (RR). Designed by Gobion Rowlands, Ian Roberts, Amy O'Neil. Platforms: Mac, Win (2011); rev vt Fate of the World: Tipping Point (2012). / Fate of the World is an Independent Game, created in the UK, which simulates the effects – physical, economic and political – of Climate Change. Its design is essentially that of a God Game; it resembles such "kingdom simulators" as the prototypal Hamurabi (also known as The Sumer Game), but with its scope ...

Barr, Densil Neve

Pseudonym of UK author Douglas Norton Buttrey (1918-1994), whose sf novel, The Man with Only One Head (1955), develops the theme of novels like Pat Frank's Mr Adam (1946): only one man (his name is Adams) is left fertile; and the subsequent moralistic World Federation set up to deal with the crisis is riddled with dissension. The effect is of offhand Satire rather than simple incompetence. [JC]

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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