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Balmanno, Robert

(1951-    ) US librarian and author of the Blessings of Gaia series beginning with September Snow (2006), set initially in a Near Future California ravaged by Climate Change, and under the sway of a Religion that extols Gaia but which has been corrupted. This faith now shapes a totalitarian Dystopia whose high Technology, including Weather Control, does little to save the world. As the long tale proceeds, complex attempts at revitalization suffer or succeed; in the end, a ...

Stoddard, James

(?   -    ) US author whose complex Science Fantasy High House sequence, comprising The High House (1998) and The False House (1999), centres on the eponymous house (and its imitation) which may be sentient, certainly accesses a number of Dimensions, and serves as the focus of a battle between the forces of Order and Chaos. The High House won a Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award for best first novel. The Night Land: A Story Retold (2011), "with" William ...

Melton, Henry

(1949-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "We Hold These Rights ..." in Stellar #3 (anth 1977) edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey; his loose Small Towns, Big Ideas sequence for the Young Adult market, beginning with Emperor Dad (2007), tends to feature young protagonists who flummox the big world outside with the aid of Inventions and raw ingenuity, though they are sometimes exposed to threats to their personal Identity, and at least once – in ...

Sawyer, Walter Leon

(1862-1915) US journalist and author, usually for younger readers; the Jack Lorimer series, all as by Winn Standish, focused on sporting feats. Of sf interest is An Outland Journey (1896), in which a young lad finds himself in "Fairyland", which takes the form, strictly (if absurdly), of a rule-bound Utopia. But it is all a dream. [JC]

de Parville, Henri

Pseudonym of French author François Henri Peudefer (1838-1909) who is of sf interest for Un habitant de la planète Mars: roman d'anticipation (1865; trans Brian Stableford as An Inhabitant of the Planet Mars 2008), based on a hoax newspaper article by Peudefer (signed A Lomon). published 17 May 1865 Le Pays, and purporting to describe the discovery of a humanoid fossil from Mars in a deep geological stratum. The novel comprises in part a Satire on the process of scientific ...

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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