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Le Plongeon, Alice Dixon

(1851-1910) UK photographer, traveler, amateur archaeologist and author who, with her husband Augustus Le Plongeon (1826-1908), spent from 1873 to 1885 in Mexico and South America, photographing still-extant ruins (over 2000 negatives, held in various archives, have survived); and suggesting on a Eurocentric diffusionist model that the pre-Columbian civilizations of America were copies of the civilization of Atlantis. Her interest in Theosophy inspired Queen Moo's Talisman: The Fall of the ...

Ross, Olin J

(1858-1941) US author of The Sky Blue: A Tale of the Iron Horse and of the Coming Civilization (1904), in which, by virtue of railroads (see Transportation), a new civilization is created in the Near Future. [JC]

Giles, Fayette Stratton

(1842-1897) US author of Shadows Before; Or, a Century Onward (1893), a Utopia set in distant Near Future New York, which is visited by a Japanese savant whose queries are meant to illuminate the Social Darwinist complexion of the ideal world of 1993. [JC]

Owen, Richard

Joint pseudonym of US authors Dennis Fawcett (1942-    ) and David Nott (?   -    ) for The Eye of the Gods (1978), set in the Venezuelan jungle where a prehistoric Monster lurks, and perhaps a Lost World to boot. [JC]

Lamplugh, Lois

(1921-2013) UK editor and author whose Mandog (1972) novelizes Peter Dickinson's script for his six-part Television tale for children, produced in 1972. [JC]

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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