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Godwin, Francis

(1562-1633) UK bishop and author, most noted for his striking description of a lunar Utopia in the posthumously and anonymously published The Man in the Moone: Or A Discourse of a Voyage Thither by Domingo Gonsales, the Speedy Messenger (1638). There is considerable debate over the date of composition, some suggesting it was written as early as 1588 after Godwin heard Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) lecture at Oxford, though most recent theories suggest it was written shortly before his death. ...

Malcolm, Donald

(1930-2013) Scottish author of fiction and considerable popular science, some in collaboration with Archie Roy under the joint pseudonym Roy Malcolm (whom see for details). He began publishing sf with "Defence Mechanism" for New Worlds, November 1957. Two series of stories, the Matthew Brady/Preliminary Exploration Team tales in New Worlds 1957-1964 and the Dream Background tales in New Worlds in 1959 and subsequently in the continuing Original Anthology series New Writings in SF 1965-1975, did ...

Chase, Robert R

(1948-    ) US author initially associated with Analog for stories like his first, "Seven Scenes from the Ultimate Monster Movie" in 1984; he has remained active with this magazine, producing stories in more than one sequence, none collected into book form. Chase began to publish novels with the Game of Fox and Lion sequence of sf adventures set in a feudalized interplanetary venue, featuring a protagonist with genetically enhanced powers (see Genetic Engineering): The Game ...

Arnaud, G-J

Working name of French author Georges-Camille Arnaud (1928-2020) French author who rendered his name as G-J or Georges-Jean Arnaud for this fiction; prolific in various genres, with an estimated 200 thrillers published before he turned to sf, all seemingly nonfantastic. He turned mainly to sf beginning with Les Croisés de Mara ["The Crusaders of Mara"] (1971), his first Genre SF novel, which evolved into the Grande Séparation ["The Great Separation"] lost-colony series (see ...

Raspe, Rudolf Erich

(1737-1794) German-born propagandist, amateur geologist, cataloguer, flim-flam artist, translator and author, in the UK from 1775. His career was harum-scarum; though he edited the posthumous papers of Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) as Oeuvres philosophiques latines et francoises de feu Mr de Leibniz (1765), and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1769, he was more than once in deep financial trouble (the Royal Society ejected him in 1775) and narrowly escaped imprisonment. One of his ...

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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