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Leven, Jeremy

(1941-    ) US academic author whose two Equipoisal sf-like novels, Creator (1980) and Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr Seymour Kassler, J.S.P.S. (1982), both apply a sometimes portentous mainstream sensibility to generic conceits (see Mainstream Writers of SF). In the first, the attempted creation of a Clone to replace a dead wife activates considerable magic-realist brooding about a variety of issues. In the second a Computer turns out to house the ...

Ford, Ford Madox

(1873-1939) UK editor and author, born Joseph Leonard Ford Hermann Madox Hueffer into a literary family of German descent, and who signed his books Ford Madox Hueffer for the first thirty years of his career; he was in active service through almost the full extent of World War One, his experiences in the trenches directly inspiring On Heaven; And Poems Written on Active Service (coll 1918). In protest at German behaviour during the conflict he changed his name by deed poll to Ford Madox Ford, ...

Loud, Emily S

(1839-?   ) US journalist and author of Taurua; Or, Written in the Book of Fate (1899), a Lost Race novel set in Tahiti, whose native rulers trace their legitimacy back to a civilization not recognized by Europeans bent on their imperialist missions. [JC]


Board and counter Wargame (1979). Task Force Games (TFG). Designed by Stephen Cole. / The first edition of Starfire is a tactical space combat Wargame played on a two-dimensional map, based on a game of the same name released in 1976 by J P Publications / Eagle Games which received very limited distribution. Both the first Task Force Games version and its 1976 predecessor use an intuitive rather than a Newtonian approach to the Physics of movement in space. Many of the mechanics are shared ...

Time Viewer

A passive form of Time Machine which typically displays, but allows no interaction with, scenes from the past. Almost certainly the first clearly envisioned example of the device appears in "L'historioscope" (in Fantaisies, coll 1883; trans Brian Stableford in News from the Moon, anth 2007, as "The Historioscope") by Eugène Mouton, where an electrical telescope is explicitly used to survey the past. Gardner Hunting's The Vicarion (1926; exp 1927) is an early example in which the viewer ...

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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