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Wallace, William

(1843-1921) Scottish teacher, lawyer, editor (primarily with the Glasgow Herald 1888-1909) and author whose After the Revolution and Other Holiday Fantasies (coll 1893) assembles stories and sketches from the Herald. The title story is a Parody of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888); other tales are Satires, mostly of Scottish life and literature, sometimes extending into the Near Future. [JC]

Belot, Adolphe

(1829-1890) Guadeloupe-born French playwright and author of popular fiction, mostly melodramatic, and probably too "racy" to be publishable in English during his lifetime. He is known in translation only for the Miss Poles sequence comprising La Sultane parisienne (1877) and La Vénus Noire: Voyage Dans l'Afrique Central (1877; trans George D Cox as The Black Venus: A Tale of the Dark Continent 1881), both volumes having been translated earlier by H Mainwaring Dunstan as A Parisian ...

Sivell, Steven

(?   -    ) UK author of Cloud Cuckoo Land (2007), set in a surreally bureaucratic unnamed country indistinguishable from England just before a great meteorite hits the planet; the protagonist seeks to board a "vessel" which will survive the Disaster, allowing its passengers to reinhabit a shattered world. In The Godsend (2014 ebook) another pilgrim-like protagonist sets out eastward from London into a Godgame Parallel World, whose centre he is challenged to ...

Burgess, Eric

(1912-1995) UK author, always in collaboration with Arthur Friggens, of several sf novels for Robert Hale Limited, none being remarkable in content. Anti-Zota (1973) revolves around conflict between the short-lived and the long-lived (see Immortality) in the Far Future. Arguably the Mortorio books – Mortorio (1973) and Mortorio Two (1975), where Mortorio is a planet mysteriously capable of resisting exploitation by Earth – stand out from the crowd. / This author should not be ...

Cranford, Robin

(1923-    ) South African author, later in the UK; My City Fears Tomorrow (1961), a non-fantastic tale set in Johannesburg, thematically precedes Leave Them Their Pride (1962), which is set in the same general venue in 1975, and deals with the Invasion of South Africa by freed Blacks, and the decision of those whites who survive to accept relegation to a small "homeland". [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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