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Swainston, Steph

(1974-    ) UK author whose Castle sequence beginning with The Year of Our War (2004), though clearly understandable as Fantasy, does in fact inhabit a Multiverse some of whose iterations are clearly worlds understandable in sf terms. A hint of Medieval Futurism suffuses some of these worlds, and leads to the apprehension that the central story may itself ...

Mundo, Oto

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -?   ) whose sf novel, The Recovered Continent: A Tale of the Chinese Invasion (1898), awakens its protagonist (see Sleeper Awakes), who has been in Suspended Animation since 1874, in the continent-dominating America of 1926, where induced Climate Change has turned Greenland into a recovered ...

Allingham, Margery

(1904-1966) UK author, daughter of H J Allingham, best known for the popular and long-running Albert Campion sequence of detective novels beginning with The Crime at Black Dudley (1929; vt The Black Dudley Murder 1930) and ending with The Mind Readers (1965). A further volume was completed after her death by her husband Philip Youngman Carter, who continued the series with ...

Ranken, J L

(1878-1945) Australian author in whose Tzane (1926) danger to the Near Future attends the Invention of the eponymous chemical formula; but is averted. [JC]

Airship Destroyer, The

Film (1909; vt The Aerial Torpedo, 1915). Charles Urban Trading Company. Directed and written by Walter R Booth. The attribution of the story to Jules Verne is false. Cast not given. 11 minutes. Black and white. / The Airship Destroyer, which merits notice as one of the first sf films, translates with some efficiency into visual terms the popular Future War ...

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 ...

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