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Macowan, Norman

(1877-1961) UK actor and playwright, whose Near Future play, Glorious Morning: A Play in Three Acts (1938 chap), is set in the Graustarkian (see George Barr McCutcheon; Ruritania) state of Zagnira, where a Joan of Arc figure foments revolution. [JC]

Hall, Robert Lee

(1941-    ) US author and high-school teacher whose first novel, Exit Sherlock Holmes: The Great Detective's Final Days (1977; rev 1977), purports to be a lost Watson manuscript telling more about the relationship of Holmes and Moriarty. As in David Dvorkin's later Time for Sherlock Holmes (1983), Time Travel fuels the plot as Watson plumbs the mystery of Sherlock Holmes's now-apparent Superhero powers. [JC]

Small, Austin J

(1894-1929) UK adventure and thriller author, born Austin Major Small, though his death certificate gives Austin James Small; in the US he published under his own name, while in the UK his books usually appeared as by Seamark. He wrote three novels of sf interest. The Man They Couldn't Arrest (1925) is a mystery novel incorporating unusual devices and Inventions into the plot. In Master Vorst (1926; vt The Death Maker 1926) the London Secret Society's insane plan to kill off the human race by ...

Finlay, Iain

(1935-    ) Australian journalist and author whose sf novel, The Azanian Assignment (1978), is set in a Near Future South Africa weakened by guerrilla assaults, seemingly from Tanzania; the end of apartheid clearly looms. [JC]

Dungeons of Dredmor

Videogame (2011). Gaslamp Games. Platforms: Win, Lin, Mac. / Dungeons of Dredmor is an indie Roguelike videogame in which the player fights the insurmountable obstacles of huge eyebrows and utter ineptness. Featuring much battling through dungeons with only a selected amount of skills, this is a deliberately silly game about choosing the right, or wrong skills in order to survive. / In Dungeons of Dredmor, players proceed through a series of randomly generated levels which become more ...

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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