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Wyndham, Eric

(?   -?   ) UK author of Revelation: A Romance (1897), a Wandering Jew tale. Its revelations are of the expected sort, including Reincarnation and Timeslips, with a variant element in that the cursed protagonist must save two souls before he can die. [JC]

Davenport, Benjamin Rush

(?   -?   ) US author, quite possibly a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, whose "Uncle Sam's" Cabins: A Story of American Life, Looking Forward a Century (1895) initially depicts a Near Future so biased toward capitalists that most Americans have become serfs; a Pandemic (see also Disaster) eventually gives a reformer the chance to create a more equitable Utopia. Davenport's best-known novel is the Future-War tale Anglo-Saxons, Onward! A Romance of the Future (1898), in ...

Bachorz, Pam

(1973-    ) US author whose Young Adult Candor (2009) applies a familiar Horror in SF topos – a small town malevolently under some kind of mesmeric or unholy control – to describe a Near Future planned community dominated by the protagonist's father. Her second novel, Drought (2011), set in another coercive Keep-like enclave, follows its young protagonist's romance-driven escape attempt. [JC]

Healy, Dominic

(?   -?   ) Australian author, involved in trade union activities, in whose first sf tale, The Story of a Lost Planet; Or, the Wonderful Submarine (1919 chap), the trade-union survivor of the destruction of Earth recounts these events to sympathetic auditors on Canopus. The female protagonist of his second, A Voyage to Venus (1943), after escaping the human settlement on Venus, encounters a spoof culture of gangster-like Aliens near Jupiter. [JC]

Clements, David

(?   -    ) Author of whom it is known only that his sole sf novel, for Robert Hale Limited, is The Backwater Man (1979). [DRL]

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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