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Allaby, Michael

(1933-    ) UK author, mostly of nonfiction texts in fields like Ecology; but his The Greening of Mars (1984) with James Lovelock (of Gaia Hypothesis fame), though basically a nonfiction study of how Mars might be settled, is told as a fictionalized narrative whose tone is upliftingly Utopian. [JC]

Lovecraft, H P

(1890-1937) US author who spent almost all his life in Providence, Rhode Island, maintaining extensive social contacts mainly by mail. He was an important figure by correspondence in the careers of many authors who later published work clearly influenced by him; and the correspondence between him and Robert E Howard illuminates these two solitary (but intensely communicative) figures. He joined the United Amateur Press Association (see APA) in 1914 and produced much of his early fiction in ...

Osborn, Christopher

(?   -    ) UK concert pianist, teacher and author whose first novel, A Sense of Touch (1989), is nonfantastic; his second, Unbound (2017), sensitively depicts a molecular biologist's unrelenting search for Immortality through Drugs, during the course of which he becomes addicted to a drug known as Telos, which treats ageing as an auto-immune disorder. A Near Future epilogue extols his scientific efforts, which have proven successful, though not in time to ...

Mandeville, Colin

Pseudonym used by UK economist and author Anthony Dalston Dawson (1927-    ) for his novel, The Last Days of New York (1980), in which unbalanced speculative profligacy (see Economics) sufficiently undermines New York for the city to collapse. [JC]

Thompson, Colin

(1942-    ) UK illustrator and author, in Australia from 1995; of his very numerous books, many of them for younger children, he is of sf interest for the Young Adult Future Eden sequence beginning with Future Eden: A Brief History of Next Time (1999), which is set in a severely depopulated Ruined Earth world about 200 years hence. The solitary young protagonist, who lives a hardscrabble existence in an almost entirely abandoned City, meets a chicken named Ethel who turns ...

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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