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This entry records those relatively few Anonymous SF Authors who did not use a pseudonym and whose identity has never been established. The ordering below is first chronological by year of first publication, then alphabetical by title. / 1. Unidentified author of A Voyage to the World in the Centre of the Earth (1755) [for full title see Checklist directly below], a Proto SF tale which describes a Fantastic Voyage into the Hollow Earth through the crater of Mount Vesuvius; the world inside, ...

Far Future

The dutch sociologist and historian Fred Polak (1907-1985), in De toekomst is verleden tijd ["The Future Is Past Time"] (1955 2vols; trans Elise Boulding as The Image of the Future 1961 2vols; trans cut 1973), identifies two distinct categories of images of the distant future, which he calls the "future of prophecy" and the "future of destiny". Prophets, although they refer to the future, are primarily concerned with the present: they issue warnings about the consequences of present actions and ...

Galloway, James M

(?   -?   ) US author of John Harvey: A Tale of the Twentieth Century (1897; vt Lock and Key 1899 as James M Galloway) as by Anon Moore, a socialist Utopia in the middle of the twentieth century made possible through Harvey's discovery of two "miracle metals", and upon the Weapons whose Invention this enables; later, during a brief 1931 Future War between America and Great Britain, Harvey intervenes, single-handedly defeating the British. A few years after this, ...

Johnson, Samuel

(1709-1784) UK poet, critic, playwright, lexicographer and author of one novel, The Prince of Abissinia: A Tale (1759; rev 1759; vt The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia: An Asiatic Tale 1768; vt The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia: A Tale 1787), written to pay for his mother's funeral (he got £100 – a large sum – for the first printing). The profusion of vts above comes from our normal practice of citing title pages, which may seem to confirm the belief that ...

Abnett, Dan

(1965-    ) UK editor and comics author, married to Nik Abnett, active for several years as a writer for various Comics including Thunderbirds, X-Men; for the comic 2000 AD he created and writes Sinister Dexter (1995-current). His prose fiction is mostly restricted to a series of Ties for various sub-series in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts: First and Only (1999). They are listed below, as is his Doctor Who: Torchwood novel. A ...

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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