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Sleeper Awakes

As the nineteenth century progressed and the planet became more and more thoroughly explored, authors of Utopias and Dystopias began to abandon present-day Lost Worlds and Islands as venues for their ideal societies, and instead to locate their speculations in the future, perhaps hundreds of years hence. Almost always these speculations were framed by prologues (and sometimes epilogues) set at the time the novel was written; this frame served to introduce the protagonist who was to travel into ...

Tucker, Mike

(?   -    ) UK special effects designer and author, active in the former capacity from around 1980, much of his work being for the BBC, including special effects for Red Dwarf and Doctor Who. He is of sf interest for various novels set in the Doctor Who universe, beginning with contributions to the Doctor Who Past Doctors subseries beginning with Doctor Who: Illegal Alien (1997) with Robert Perry (his writing partner for this subseries). Tucker's solo ...

Miller, John Jackson

(1968-    ) US Comics writer, editor and author who began his career with Comic Retailer in 1993, working as an editor; his first script was for Crimson Dynamo, a comic in the Marvel Comics stable. H also wrote Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a Graphic Novel Tie to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). He is best known, though for his contributions to the Star Wars universe, beginning with Knight Errant (2011) in the Titan subseries, ...

Calisher, Hortense

(1911-2009) US author of several Mainstream novels set mostly on the US East Coast and in New York itself, which she rendered with Gothic intensity. After an sf allegory, "In the Absence of Angels" (21 April 1951 The New Yorker), which associates the military occupation of the USA with a poet's own imprisonment, and the very well-known horror story "Heartburn" (January 1951 The American Mercury), came her sf novel Journal from Ellipsia (1965), which depicts a somewhat metaphysical Alternate ...

MacMillan, Armour

(1882-1939) UK author of a Timeslip tale, The Incredible Adventure (1928), uneasily Equipoisal in its depiction of the experiences of a modern banker who awakens in the Greece of 30 BCE able to speak the language; pretending he is from Atlantis, he creates considerable stir through his descriptions of various Inventions, including the motorcar. His Predictions of the fate of Alexander the Great, however, result in his exile. [JC]

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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