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Orcutt, Emma Louise

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, The Divine Seal (1909), which begins, unusually, somewhere in the distant future, after geological upheavals have brought Atlantis back to the surface; the discovery there of ancient tablets tells of an even more ancient race, the Zallallah, the entrance to whose Underground world is at the North Pole; the inhabitants themselves remain in Suspended Animation. [JC]

Nevitt, Barrington

(1908-1995) Canadian engineer, broadcaster and author, who began his career as a radio operator with the Canadian Marconi Company in 1928-1929; he was associated for many years with Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), with whom he collaborated and about whom he wrote Who Was Marshall McLuhan?: Exploring a Mosaic of Impressions (1995) with Maurice McLuhan. Of sf interest is Captain Gulliver's Interplanetary Travels (1986) with Maurice Hecht, which recasts the original (see Jonathan Swift) as an ...

Carey, C J

Pseudonym of Venezuelan-born journalist and author Jane Thynne (1961-    ), in the UK from childhood; married to Philip Kerr until his death in 2018. Her fiction under her own name is nonfantastic; she is best known for the Clara Vine series of thrillers set in Germany before World War Two [not listed below]. She is of sf interest for Widowland (2021) as by C J Carey, an Alternate History Hitler Wins tale set in the occupied Dystopian Britain of 1953, whose Protector, Alfred ...

Wagner, Z M

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Satire, One Nation Under George (2005), set in a very Near Future America (2004-2008) responding, under the leadership of George W Bush, to the post 9/11 world in terms of a (to outsiders) surreal exceptionalism. As with most satires of American Politics, reality outstripped the jokes. [JC]

Crofton, Francis Blake

(1842-1911) Irish-born librarian and author, in Canada from 1864 (with a decade in the US) until his retirement as librarian of the Nova Scotia provincial legislature 1in 1906 and his subsequent move to England. His nonfiction work in bibliography is of some importance; of his fiction, he is of moderate sf interest for two volumes of Tall Tales [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Major's Big-Talk Stories (coll of linked stories 1881) is less exorbitant than Hairbreadth ...

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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