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Lynn, David

(?   -    ) New Zealand-born author, apparently in UK from adulthood, most active in the 1940s; his sf novel, The Benevolent Despot (1945 chap), depicts a Near Future Britain, here called Hignorania, which, plausibly enough, uses Nuclear Energy for power; the tale heralds the institution of a good-tempered Utopia under the eponymous leader. [JC]

Ranzetta, Luan

Pseudonym of Valerie Ranzetta (?   -?   ), author of several routine sf adventures focusing on Alien Invasions, great Disasters and crises in Spaceships; they include The Uncharted Planet (1961) as V Ranzetta, The Maru Invasion: Turmoil and Destruction on Earth (1962), The World in Reverse (1962), The Night of the Death Rain (1963) and The Yellow Inferno (1964). [JC]

Cope, Julian

(1957-    ) UK singer-songwriter, formerly lead singer of The Teardrop Explodes, who has since the 1980s released a number of playfully apocalyptic albums as a solo artist. The song "Upwards at 45" (in Jehovahkill, 1993) is a psychedelic account of Alien contact. Autogeddon (1994) – the album takes its title from the poet Heathcote Williams (whom see) – envisions cars as the agent of social collapse. The space rock of Interpreter (1995) touches on genre topics, ...

Walsh, M C

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, The Golden Idol: A Tale of Adventure in Australia and New Zealand (1891), in which explorers discover and attempt to exploit an Underground treasure guarded by the last survivors of an extinct race, though the line may be preserved through the departure of the tale's protagonist with a woman he has fallen in love with. [JC]

McCarthy, Helen

(1951-    ) UK author, critic and scholar of Manga and Anime; involved since the 1970s with UK Fandom and active since 1981 as a commentator on Japanese popular culture. She co-founded and edited the London-based magazine Anime UK (1991-1996; retitled Anime FX in 1995). Her nonfiction works include most importantly The Anime Encyclopedia (2001; exp 2006; exp 2015) with Jonathan Clements. Also of note are her studies of Hayao Miyazaki in Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese ...

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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