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Wilson, Jesse

(?   -?   ) UK author of an anti-feminist Satire, When the Women Reign: 1930 (1909), whose protagonist awakes (see Sleeper Awakes) in Near Future 1930, where the disastrous consequences of allowing female suffrage (see Feminism; Women in SF) are all too evident; eventually, the men revolt, and the women, having learned their lesson, return happily to their domestic duties. Though its circulation was limited (the publisher Arthur H Stockwell was a vanity press) the ...

Mowll, Joshua

(1970-    ) UK graphic artist and author of the Young Adult Guild of Specialists sequence, comprising Operation Red Jericho (2005), Operation Typhoon Shore (2006) and Operation Storm City (2008); set in the 1920s, the tales combine Lost Race and Steampunk conventions in a Ripping Yarns fashion that evokes comparisons to writers like Michael Moorcock and Alan Moore, to the A Series of Unfortunate Events sequence by Lemony Snicket, and to the various Indiana Jones films ...

Borgese, Elisabeth Mann

(1918-2002) German-born scholar and author, daughter of Thomas Mann (1875-1955), in US from the 1930s, in Canada from 1979; as a central figure in the gradual evolution of international ocean law in the twentieth century, she provided cultural prestige to the campaign to preserve the world's oceans, wrote books fervently arguing the case that humans must take collective responsibility for them, and founded the International Ocean Institute in 1972. She won the Order of Canada in 1980. Her sf is ...

Block, Thomas H

(1945-    ) US airline pilot and author who has written at least some of his aviation-based Technothrillers with Nelson DeMille as anonymous contributor, though the collaboration becomes explicit in the revised version of his first book, Mayday (1979; rev 1997 as by Thomas Block and Nelson DeMille). His tales all hover at the edge of genuine sf; of these, two are of particular interest: the Near-Future Orbit (1982), in which a 3900mph (6275kph) airliner is gimmicked by ...

Lambert, Joan Dahr

(?   -    ) US author of the Young Adult novel, Circles of Stone (1997), which is Prehistoric SF, one of its serial protagonists (all of them healers named Zena) living over a million years ago in the Great Rift Valley in Africa (see Origin of Man); the second Zena, similarly empowered and forthright, lives a quarter of a million years ago; the third around 30,000 BCE, when patriarchal invaders destroy the flourishing, millennia-old matriarchy (see Feminism). ...

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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