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Palmer, Philip

(1960-    ) UK author and scriptwriter, mostly for Radio beginning with "Gin and Rum" (30 June 2000 BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play). He began to publish his exuberant, slightly overloaded, gonzo Space Operas with Debatable Space (2008), whose double story focuses alternatively on the lengthy memoir of an Immortal woman behind the throne of her son, who had once ruled both Earth and then a Galactic Empire, and upon Captain Flanagan, the rock-star space-pirate who captures her ...

Spufford, Francis

(1964-    ) UK academic and author, none of whose work is explicitly sf, though his nonfiction is deeply conversant with science-fictional modes of thought. Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin (2003) encompasses in its historical narrative an understanding of the imaginative uses made of boffins (see Scientists) over the course of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on British attempts to create an advanced space programme (see Rockets). Red Plenty ...

Berry, Bryan

(1930-1966) UK author who began to publish stories of sf interest with "Monster from Space" for the UK comic Merry-Go-Round #14 in 1947, and who was thought of as a rising star of UK sf, but who died young. Along with such writers as John Russell Fearn, E C Tubb and Kenneth Bulmer, he contributed many Pulp magazine-style sf novels to obscure paperback houses, beginning with Return to Earth (1951), and most notably with the Venus/Kennet Alternate History trilogy – comprising Resurgent Dust ...

Bangs, Elly

(1986-    ) US playwright and author, first active as by Elliott Bangs, their first play being "Magnified and Sanctified" (first performed 2004 FringeACT Festival, Seattle), in which the ending of the Cold War leads possibly to a new apocalypse. Their first novel, The Loiterers (2011) as by Elliott Bangs, complexly describes in Young Adult terms a Near Future Dystopian America transmogrified into a single deeply Polluted continent-spanning City, whose inhabitants live in the ...

Maalouf, Amin

(1949-    ) Lebanese author, in France from 1976; best known for historical novels. In his Near Future sf tale, Premier siècle après Béatrice (1992: trans Dorothy S Bair as The First Century After Beatrice 1993), an entomologist discovers that a readily available bean contains an easily synthesized Drug that will guarantee male children. The First World nations secretly administer the drug to the Third World, suffering from Overpopulation till the ...

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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