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Doughty, Francis W

(1850-1917) US numismatist, scholar, screenwriter and author whose well written, ingenious and original dime novels (see Dime-Novel SF) have often been considered the finest examples of the category. His better stories present a succession of highly imaginative strokes, often with good historical backgrounds. The title figure in "The Man in the Black Cloak" (1886 The Boys of New York) as by P T Raymond – a man whose betrayal has turned him virtually into a living skeleton, and who in ...

Aiken, John

(1913-1990) US-born UK author, son of Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and brother of Joan Aiken and Jane Aiken Hodge (1917-2009). John Aiken published his first sf story, "Camouflage", with Astounding in April 1943, in the Probability Zero sequence of short-shorts (see Flash Fiction); though his first sizeable effort was "Dragon's Teeth", with New Worlds #3, October 1947; but he did not remain active in the field. He published two sf novels with ...

Lustbader, Eric Van

(1946-    ) US author who graduated from Columbia University, majoring in sociology, and worked for a time in the rock-music industry; married since 1982 to Victoria Schochet. Although "Van" is a middle name rather than part of his surname, he is frequently shelved under V in bookshops and libraries; he has also appeared as Eric Lustbader, a decision of the publishers rather than the author. His published sf/fantasy work began with the Sunset Warrior trilogy: The Sunset ...

Robson, Justina

(1968-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Trésor" for The Third Alternative for Summer 1994 as by Justina L A Robson, and who made considerable impact with her first novel, Silver Screen (1999), set in a realistically conceived – but not particularly Dystopian – Near Future England, where a team of human scientists and operatives must mediate between AIs, who are agitating for something like civil rights, and the bureaucratic ...

Futures Studies

"Futures Studies" is the most common name for the interdisciplinary study of potential future developments and conditions. It has displaced earlier terms like Futurology and Futuristics which reflected the goal of creating a new discipline with mathematical tools capable of accurate Prediction. Frequent failures of prediction have tempered that ambition and complexity theory has highlighted the inability of any forecasting methods to capture the inherent uncertainties of open, nonlinear systems ...

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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