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Jepson, Edgar

(1863-1938) UK schoolteacher and author, prolific in various popular genres from 1895; father of Selwyn Jepson, grandfather of Fay Weldon; some of his books are of sf interest. Half-Ruritania, half-Dystopia, Varandaleel, the imaginary land-locked Asian country in The Keepers of the People (1898), has been ruled for generations by Englishmen; the novel, an anti-Feminist tale in which woman are treated as inferior creatures, encroaches on sf from several angles. The Horned Shepherd (1904) and No. ...

Hovenden, Robert

UK author, most probably Robert Meyrick Hovenden (circa 1809-1885), who published various books 1844-1876. Of sf interest is an unfictionalized Future History, A Tract of Future Times [for subtitle see Checklist] (1851), told as though written after 1950 and giving an accounting of the previous era, concentrating on the last fifty years of the nineteenth century, espousing a kind of benevolently anarchic Utopia based on sedulous obedience to the dictates of that version of the Christian ...

Vetch, Thomas

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Amber City: Being Some Account of the Adventures of a Steam Crocodile in Central Africa (1888), a Jules-Verne-like excursion narrated by the protagonist, Thomas Vetch, who takes his flying ship into a mild-mannered African Lost World where people live in houses built of amber. [JC]

Steffanson, Con

A House Name used by Avon Books for the initial four books of their sequence of Ties to the Flash Gordon franchise: Ron Goulart wrote the first three of these and Bruce Cassiday the fourth. Two further titles appeared as by Cassiday's own pseudonym Carson Bingham. [DRL]

Stroud, Allen

(?   -    ) UK academic, Videogame writer and author, involved in the creation and marketing of the Massively Multiplayer Online Game Elite Dangerous launched 2014 on the back of previous failed or baulked versions under various names; he wrote one Tie to the game, Elite: Lave Revolution (2014). The Wisimir Tales sequence beginning with The Sword of Wisimir (2012) is fantasy, as is The Forever Man (2017). / Stroud is of sf interest for Fearless (2020), a ...

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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