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Hornblower in Space

Sea stories of the Napoleonic war era, especially the Horatio Hornblower sequence by C S Forester, have long appealed to sf fans. Obvious parallels with Spaceship voyages include the frail and crowded vessel in a lethal environment, an assumed need for tight naval discipline, and a profusion of technical Terminology. Walt Willis in his column "Fanorama" (February 1958 Nebula) said of the Hornblower stories that "... they appealed to something very similar to the sense of wonder, and equally the ...

Raven, Simon

(1927-2001) UK author best known for his Alms for Oblivion sequence, which bracingly deprecates almost all aspects of twentieth century British civilian and military life; the third volume of the sequence, The Sabre Squadron (1966), slides close to sf. None of his work is of strong sf interest, though Brother Cain (1959) is about a Faustian bargain that verges on the supernatural, and Doctors Wear Scarlet (1960) hints at a rational cause for the plague of Vampires it depicts. In The Roses of ...

Mezrich, Ben

(1969-    ) US broadcaster and author who remains best known for nonfiction books like Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (2002), a narrative whose dramatic licence inspired accusations that it was fiction, and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (2009); he also writes as by Holden Scott. Of sf interest are several medical thrillers that hover at the edge of ...

Stevenson, Philip L

(?   -?   ) UK author, usually of historical romances, whose Near Future take on the Battle of Dorking topos, How the Jubilee Fleet Escaped Destruction, and the Battle orf Ushant: Or, Two Episodes in the Career of a Naval Officer (1899), allows the UK to survive an Invasion, and examines the consequences. [JC]

Chaplin, W N

(1892-1981) UK author of a Lost Race novel, The Pagan City (1938), in which an intact Roman civilization is discovered Underground beneath the Sahara desert. Perhaps because of its conception late in the life of the Lost Race subgenre, Chaplin seems to have taken the opportunity to describe this civilization as a Dystopia, with an emphasis on the evils of Slavery, and a Satirical portrait of the kind of contemporary European delusionary thinking that might find Fascism or Nazism still ...

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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