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Sinclair, Andrew

(1935-2019) UK author of much fiction and nonfiction who was also a screenwriter and movie director. The Project (1960) comes as close to nuclear Holocaust as possible – a doomsday Weapon is just about to go off as the final page ends – without actually meeting the End of the World head-on. / His major contribution to Fantastika is the ...

Jamnia, Naseem

(?   -    ) US neuroscientist and author, who designate themselves as Persian-Chicagoan, active from 2015 or earlier. They began publishing work of genre interest with "Nothing Less Than Bones" in Pride: Quarterly Magazine for early 2020, which in expanded form became their first novel, The Bruising of Qilwa (2022). The tale cannot safely be described as sf, though in common with many texts published in the twenty-first century sf elements ...

Stewart, Alex

(1958-    ) UK editor and author, whose recent fiction has been as by Sandy Mitchell; he began publishing sf with "Seasons Out of Time" for Interzone in Summer 1982, but was initially most active as an editor. Solo he edited Arrows of Eros: Unearthly Tales of Love and Death (anth 1989); with Neil Gaiman he edited the Shared World anthology, Temps (anth ...

Nuclear Energy

The claim that sf is a realistic, extrapolative literature is often supported by the citing of successful Predictions, among which atomic power and the atom bomb are usually given pride of place. When the news of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was released in 1945, John W Campbell Jr, editor of Astounding Science-Fiction, was exultant, claiming that now sf would have to be taken seriously. ...

Crampton, Patricia

(1925-2016) Indian-born translator, in UK from 1930. As chair of the Translators Association, she contributed importantly to the argument that translators were essential contributors to the world of literature in general, and that in specific they should not be asked to work for flat rates, without hope of royalties, or of sharing revenues from the PLR (Public Lending Right) after it was created in the UK in 1979. After working as a translator in 1947 at the Nuremberg trials of Germans accused ...

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 ...



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