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Watling, George

(?   -    ) UK author of Claughton's Curtain (1994), a Technothriller set in the Near Future as the Cold War resumes with both sides attempting to create a perfect radiation shield (see Weapons), behind the shelter of which they can destroy the rest of the world. [JC]

Wilkie, J

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Vision of Nehemiah Sintram (1902), a Dystopia depicting an Underground world ruled by a Satan-like figure, who may in fact be Satan. Sintram himself, and his vision of a hellish landscape, seems to have been based on Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué's Sintram und seine Gefahrten: eine nordische Erzahlung nach Albrecht Durer (1815; various trans from 1848 on as Sintram and His Companions). [JC]

Ford, Mary H

(1856-1937) US lecturer and author, active from the early 1880s; most of her books were explorations in spiritualism and Religion, and she was instrumental in establishing the Bahá'í faith in America. She is primarily of sf interest for a short fiction, "A Feminine Iconoclast" (November 1889 The Nationalist), an early response to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). It was published in a journal that represented his views, but takes issue with his Utopia on Feminist grounds, ...

Pinsker, Sarah

(1977-    ) US singer-songwriter and author, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Not Dying in Central Texas" in Nine for June 2012. She initially published only in shorter forms, though prolifically, with more than 50 stories released by 2019. "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss" (1-8 July 2013 Strange Horizons) won a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. She may be best known for "Our Lady of the Open Road" (June 2015 Asimov's), which won a 2016 Nebula for best novelette. ...

McDonald, Steven E

(1956-    ) UK author, now in the US, who began publishing sf with "Empty Barrels" for Analog in June 1978, his best-known story being "Ideologies" (October 1980 Analog), and whose first novel, The Janus Syndrome (1981), put into Space-Opera guise a tale involving racial oppression, romantic exaggerations of material, and masquerades. He then fell silent, though he has more recently published two Ties: Event Horizon (1997), novelizing the film Event Horizon (1997); and Gene ...

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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