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Hailey, Arthur

(1920-2004) UK author, in Canada from 1947, best known for heavily researched novels, like Hotel (1965) and Airport (1968), where an insider intimacy adds frisson to numerous crises; of sf interest is In High Places (1962), a Near Future tale whose focus of intimacy is (uncommonly) the Canadian federal government, and upon the Prime Minister's response to a nuclear war. [JC]

Maddock, Reginald

(1912-1994) UK author, mostly for Young Adult readers. His first sf novel, The Time Maze (1960), is a literate Time Travel tale whose protagonists, lost in a mysterious cave, find that its innumerable luminescent passages take them to exemplary experiences in three past eras: the time of the Dinosaurs, of Neanderthal man, and in a Neolithic community. Unusually, it is women not men who ...


Much early Australian sf falls into subgenres which can be described as sf only controversially: lost-race romances, Utopian novels and Near-Future political thrillers about racial invasion. / Works of utopian speculation began appearing in Australia about the middle of the nineteenth century and were set, appropriately for a new society in a largely unexplored land, either in the Far Future or in ...

Scott-Moncrieff, D

(1907-1987) UK vintage car restorer and author, who hyphenated his surname for his books, which included some nonfiction. In Not for the Squeamish (coll 1948), the first of his two volumes of stories, of direct sf interest is "Count Szolnok's Robots", in which Robots are terminally evil, with several other tales edge into the realms of Gothic SF; his second collection, The Vaivaisukko's Bride (coll 1949 ...

Best of Omni Science Fiction

US anthology series that was an offshoot of Omni magazine but which also published original material. The first volume, edited by Ben Bova and Don Myrus, published in March 1980, was all reprint, but was so successful, selling over 300,000 copies in three months, that consideration was given to issuing an all-sf Magazine. In the end a compromise was reached, with each volume 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 ...

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