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Helprin, Mark

(1947-    ) US author who served in the British Merchant Navy and the Israeli armed forces, experiences transmuted in A Dove of the East and Other Stories (coll 1975), which contains some fantasies. He is best known for Winter's Tale (1983), an epic Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] set in an imaginary New York. The novel attempts to be a fantastic history of the City in the twentieth century, celebrating the forces which gave birth to it, and ...

Chesterton, G K

(1874-1936) UK author and illustrator of his own books and many by Hilaire Belloc – with whom he was long associated, closely enough that George Bernard Shaw referred to them as The Chesterbelloc. Two posthumous collections, The Coloured Lands (coll 1938) and Daylight and Nightmare: Uncollected Stories and Fables (coll 1986), which assemble short pieces including some sf stories from his entire career, may demonstrate the range of his emblem-haunted imagination as a teller of tales' But ...

Jordan, Hillary

(1963-    ) US author whose second novel, When She Woke (2011), is set in a Near Future America where church and state are no longer separate, and a fundamentalist Dystopia has been established according to whose diktats women are scapegoated and treated as breeders. The homage to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1850) – on being convicted of the crime of abortion the protagonist is Genetically Engineered so that she turns red, and is shamed through her ...

Boggon, Martyn

(1934-1997) UK author of some crime fiction and of The Inevitable Hour (1968) in which, after a nuclear Holocaust destroys Chicago and much of the rest of America, a group of survivors in a claustrophobic bomb shelter engage in Post-Holocaust activities which are ultimately criminous. [JC]

Bunce, Oliver Bell

(1826-1890) US playwright, publisher and author of The Story of Happinolande and Other Legends (coll 1889), the title story describing an egalitarian but exceedingly well-financed Utopia; something like universal income is provided to all residents. Another story here assembled, "The City Beautiful", contrasts the filth of New York – where Bunce was born and died – with a utopian city described in terms consistent with the garden suburb. [JC]

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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