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Eustace, Robert

Working name of UK physician and author Eustace Robert Barton (circa 1868-1943), known for his collaborations on crime novels with several authors, including L T Meade, Edgar Jepson and Dorothy L Sayers (1893-1957); the 1897-1898 John Bell sequence of short stories with Meade, assembled as A Master of Mysteries (coll of linked stories 1898), appears to feature – but does not, as the tales are all rationalized in the end – an Occult Detective [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under ...

Charnock, Anne

(1954-    ) UK author whose loose but thematically cogent Calculated Life sequence, comprising A Calculated Life (2012; rev 2013) and The Enclave (2017 chap), depicts a complexly Dystopian Near Future Britain, where advances in Genetic Engineering have had believably mixed consequences: for in a world increasingly controlled by international corporations (see Economics), distinctions between ethically sound genetic enhancements and the moral abyss of outright Eugenics are ...


Subliminal Advertising and indoctrination once formed a minor focus of sf Paranoia. The technique, dating back to the 1950s, uses briefly displayed words or images intended to affect the human mind without being consciously perceived. In real life its effectiveness is debatable; it is often considered a branch of Pseudoscience, although occasional contrary reports continue to appear. Sf treatments include Frederik Pohl's comic story "The Wizards of Pung's Corners" (October 1958 Galaxy), with ...

Fairman, Henry Clay

(1848-1899) US lawyer, editor and author whose Lost World novel, The Third World: A Tale of Love and Strange Adventure (21 April-October [or later] 1894 The Sunny South; 1895) oddly (though crudely) prefigures Dan Simmons's The Terror (2007) in depicting the rescue by an Eskimo of the last survivor of the John Franklin expedition (circa 1850), who then finds a 150 mile passage into a Hollow Earth enclave directly under the North Pole, whose inhabitants are advanced, though they suffer (as ...

Millership, Richard

(?   -    ) Australian author of Dagger Dark (1997), a Near Future tale set in the decayed New York of 2018, where an almost supernaturally powerful Drug known as Dagger strips its users of their civilized "human" veneer, turning them into mass murderers. [JC]

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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