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Thomas, Hugh

(1931-2017) UK historian and author, best known for such studies as The Spanish Civil War (1961; rev 1977). Of his fiction, which came early in his career, his second novel, The Oxygen Age (1958), is of sf interest. In the very Near Future, the British government is convinced by Lord Mortlake, an industrialist and fraudster, that he is responsible for the Invention of the oxygen bomb, and that with it Britain will be able to dominate the world. The tale, mildly Satirical and spoofish, ends in ...

Jones, J A

(?   -    ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond one routine novel of Paranoia, Blue Lab (1978), in which Aliens secretly impregnate human females, thus attempting to take over the world. [JC]

Sullivan, Sheila

(1927-    ) Malaysian-born editor and author, in the UK from an early age, her critical nonfiction usually written as Sheila Bathurst. Her sf novel Summer Rising (1975; vt The Calling of Bara 1976) depicts a Post-Holocaust trek across a peaceful Ireland. [JC]

Hader, Elmer

(1889-1973) US illustrator and author, whose copious work, in collaboration with his wife, includes one Young Adult sf tale, The Skyrocket (1946) with Berta Hader, though it may be the case that the rocket in question is fuelled by magic. [JC]

Aristide, Oana

(?   -    ) Romanian economist, hotelier and author, variously resident in Sweden, UK and Greece. Her first novel, Under the Blue (2021), is set initially in a very Near Future England beset by Climate Change and a Pandemic; the protagonist of the tale, in the company of two women, leaves beleaguered rural Devon for Africa, via a depopulated Europe. At around the same time, at a research establishment within the Arctic Circle, conversations between scientists ...

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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