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Mooney, Ted

Working name of US author Edward Mooney (1951-2022), whose remarkable first novel, published as a Mainstream work, is sf: Easy Travel to Other Planets (1981). Set on a Near-Future Earth against a backdrop of global "information sickness" (a term which Mooney seems here to have coined), War in the Antarctic and a new emotion nobody has ever felt before, it tells a love story – ...

Owings, Mark

(1945-2009) US bibliographer, fan and Small-Press publisher; with Jack L Chalker, he was involved for a period with Mirage Press, which published his magnum opus, The Index to the Science-Fantasy Publishers (1966 chap; rev 1966) with Jack L Chalker, a text later so vastly expanded as ...

Borden, Mary

(1886-1968) US-born poet and author, in the UK from about 1908, beginning her career with two feminist romans à clef (she had had an affair with Wyndham Lewis), The Mistress of Kingdoms (1912) and Collision (1913), as by Bridget Maclagan. After funding and running a field hospital in France during World War One, which affected her deeply, she published some highly regarded war poems. ...

Morison, Frank

Pseudonym of UK author Albert Henry Ross (1881-1950), in whose remotely told Scientific Romance, Sunset (1932), an entity from another planet establishes Communication with Earth, and conveys the humans the postulate that the theory of Evolution needs to be modified because life on Earth is the result of a cosmic error. [JC]

Sidewise Award

These annual awards for Alternate History fiction were conceived in 1995 by Evelyn C Leeper, Robert B Schmunk and Steven H Silver, and have since been presented annually in two categories, Long Form for works of more than 60,000 words and Short Form for works (including poems) of less than 60,000 words. The awards' name is a homage to Murray Leinster's short ...

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 ...

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