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Mowll, Joshua

(1970-    ) UK graphic artist and author of the Young Adult Guild of Specialists sequence, comprising Operation Red Jericho (2005), Operation Typhoon Shore (2006) and Operation Storm City (2008); set in the 1920s, the tales combine Lost Race and Steampunk conventions in a Ripping Yarns fashion that evokes comparisons to writers like Michael Moorcock and Alan Moore, to the A Series of Unfortunate Events sequence by Lemony Snicket, and to the various Indiana Jones films ...

Berry, Adrian

(1937-2016) UK science journalist (chiefly in the London Daily Telegraph, of which he was the science correspondent from 1977 to 1996 and thereafter the consulting editor for science) and occasional sf author; he was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an enthusiastic advocate of Space Flight. His sf novels – the Koyama sequence comprising Koyama's Diamond: A Novel of the Far Future (1982) and Labyrinth of Lies (1984) – are set in a Far-Future planetary system with much ...


The word "futurology" is a neologism coined in 1943 by a refugee German professor of sociology, Ossip K Flechtheim (1909-1998), then teaching in a US college; during the course of his American stay, he met and may have directly influenced Isaac Asimov, who was then beginning to publish the Robot/Foundation Future History that dominated his career, and whose central character, Hari Seldon, creates a mathematically-precise psychohistorical set of models permitting accurate Prediction of the ...

Defoe, Daniel

(1660-1731) UK merchant, professional spy and man of letters born Daniel Foe, becoming Defoe in the 1690s after he began to write; the extremely prolific author of many works of various kinds under a variety of names (once estimated to exceed 200 in number), though the huge canon of unsigned and pseudonymous works once attributed to him has been convincingly diminished to somewhere slightly in excess of 300 titles in all. He is best known today for his novel The Life and Strange Surprizing ...

Curry, Graeme

(?   -    ) UK journalist and screenwriter who novelized his own Doctor Who episode, "The Happiness Patrol" (1988) as Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol (1990). This is one of several Doctor Who stories from this time that can be read as a parable of the authoritarian streak in Thatcherism. It was perhaps unfortunate that the most memorable aspect of the televised series was a villain bearing a close resemblance to Bertie Bassett, a character used to advertise ...

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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