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Grip [2]

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Monster Municipality, or Gog and Magog Reformed: A Dream (1882), a Dystopian prediction that socialist reforms will torture England in 1885; and How John Bull Lost London, or The Capture of the Channel Tunnel (1882), one of the earlier Future-War novels – if not the earliest – to warn against a tunnel connecting the UK to an aggressive France, whose initially successful Invasion here results in ...

Zinoviev, Alexander

(1922-2006) Russian author whose Ziiaiushchie vysoty (1976 Switzerland; trans Gordon Clough as The Yawning Heights 1979) is a raw Satire of the gerontocracy which dominated the USSR at the time of its writing: in a Dystopia known as Ibansk, every citizen is named Ibanov in order that all distinctions be erased; most citizens commit suicide, in due course, in a government crematorium. Svetloe budushchee (1978 Switzerland; trans Gordon Clough as The Radiant Future 1980) is an allegory with sf ...

Edwards, James

(?   -?   ) US author of John Bull, Uncle Sam and Johnny Crapaud (1884), a Lost World tale set in East Africa, where survivors of a shipwreck stumble into an unknown land once inhabited by a race now entirely vanished, and now occupied by Americans from Virginia, who have established a Utopia there. Edwards may have been a professor at a college which has not been identified. [JC]

Tam, Albert

(1972-    ) Chinese author, born in Hong Kong, educated at the Universities of London and Bradford, and with a transnational following in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan (the Republic of China), Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere in the Chinese diaspora. / He is most lauded for his Cyberpunk Renxing Ruanjian ["Humanoid Software"] series, redolent of the concerns of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell (1995), set in a Near Future world in which online warfare is ...

Awerbuck, Diane

(1974-    ) South African author whose first novel, the highly regarded Gardening at Night (2004), is nonfantastic; she has also written in collaboration with Alex Latimer as Frank Owen. She began to publish work of genre interest with the stories assembled as Cabin Fever (coll 2011), and is of strong sf interest for the Divided States sequence comprising South (2016) and North (2018), written with Latimer as Owen, which is set in a Near Future Alternate History version of ...

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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