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Higginson, S J

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, A Princess of Java: A Tale of the Far East (1887; vt Java: The Pearl of the East 2007), the race in question found in the interior of the eponymous Island. [JC]

Pinborough, Sarah

(1972-    ) UK author active from around 2000, the work she has been most closely identified with being horror (but see Horror in SF). Her involvement in the Doctor Who franchise led to the Torchwood (2006-2011) Ties Torchwood: Into the Silence (2009) and Torchwood: Long Time Dead (2011). The Dog-Faced Gods sequence beginning with A Matter of Blood (2010; vt A Matter of Blood: The Forgotten Gods 2013) Equipoisally sets supernatural crimes within the frame of a Near Future ...

MacTyre, Paul

Pseudonym of Scottish author and historian Robin James Adam (1924-1999), for 40 years a lecturer in medieval history at St Andrews University. His best-known novel is his first, Midge (1962; vt Doomsday, 1999 1963), a literate Post-Holocaust story in which a new form of life threatens to take over from the remnants of outmoded, destructive humanity. Further novels are the John Buchan-like Fish on a Hook (1963) and Bar Sinister (1964), the bar of the title representing a borderline-sf ...

Bragg, Benjamin

Probable pseudonym of UK author (?   -?   ) of A Voyage to the North Pole: With an Account of the Dangers they Experienced in the Frozen Seas of the Polar Circle. Also, the Manner of their Wintering on the Island of Spitzberg, and Discovery of the Polar Continent (1817). Mermaids are discovered. The tale has moderate interest as a late example of the Fantastic Voyage narrative. [JC]

McDougall, Sophia

(1979-    ) UK author whose Romanitas sequence, comprising Romanitas (2005), Rome Burning (2007) and Savage City (2011), posits an Alternate History world in which Rome did not fall; the Jonbar Point, which may be obscure to most readers, is generated by the survival of Publius Helvius Pertinax (126-193 in this world) for twelve years after he becomes Emperor in 193 CE, giving him time to institute the kind of liberal reforms that (in this world) he may well have planned ...

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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