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Hillman, S A

(?   -    ) US author of a Near Future medical Technothriller, Cradle Kill (1988), in which prenatal infants are profoundly affected by a chromosomal killer. Reflections of the Future: An Elective Course in Science Fiction and Fact (1975) is a competent primer for school use. [JC]

Penswick, Neil

(?   -    ) UK author of a Tie for the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who New Adventures: The Pit (1993). [JC]

Templeton, Charles

(1915-2001) Canadian newspaper editor, evangelist, broadcaster and author whose novels of sf interest were written long after he had lost his Christian faith. In Act of God (1977) the skeleton of Jesus of Nazareth is found, a discovery which disrupts the world's Christian Religions. A Near Future Utopia is falteringly created in World of One (1988), with evangelism exercising a malign influence. [JC]

Field, Marlo

(?   -?   ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond his (her?) Hollow Earth tale, Astro Bubbles (1928), based on Cyrus Reed Teed's hypothesis that we live within a hollow cylinder, rather as though we inhabited a Generation Starship or World Ship. Field's world is, in fact, far more complex than that, though his/her compulsive didacticism (Evolution is pooh-poohed at great length) muffles out any peripheral interest as a Lost World tale. [JC]

Weatherhead, John

(?   -    ) UK author of Transplant (1969), a Near Future Dystopia whose citizens are controlled by the state, and are at risk of mandatory interference with their bodies through a mooted transplant Bill. [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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