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Telano, Rolf

Pseudonym of US author Ralph Merridette Holland (1899-1962) whose sf novel, the awkwardly fictionalized A Spacewoman Speaks (1960), purports to be a series of elucidatory messages delivered by a wise woman from Venus, during the course of which we learn about UFOs, Reincarnation, Lost Races and worlds Underground. [JC]

Wren, M K

(1938-2016) US author who initially concentrated on mysteries, the Conan Flagg series being nonfantastic. Her Phoenix Legacy trilogy – Sword of the Lamb (1981), Shadow of the Swan (1981) and House of the Wolf (1981) – uses a carefully thought out Future History to justify an intricate plot which compounds together Space Opera, romance and political thriller elements, and which moves, with some awkwardness but more panache, from Planetary Romance complications in a Ruined Earth venue ...

Wise, Clement

(?   -?   ) UK author of a very mildly fictionalized Utopia, Darkness and Dawn (1884) anonymous, which argues for universal state ownership of all goods, on a Christian basis; the descriptions of working conditions in factories is powerful. [JC]

Piercy, Marge

(1936-    ) US author who has become recognized as a significant voice of US Feminism, initially with Poetry in volumes like Breaking Camp (coll 1968) but more importantly in novels like Going Down Fast (1969) and Vida (1980). Her first sf novel, Dance the Eagle to Sleep (1970), deals with an attempt by a group of student revolutionaries to set up a loving, communistic alternative society in the shadow of a near-totalitarian Near-Future US state. In Woman on the Edge of Time ...

Morse, David

(1940-    ) US journalist, poet and author whose sf novel, The Iron Bridge (1998), very effectively utilizes a Time Travel structure: the protagonist, from an America ravaged by Climate Change, Pollution and War, travels to 1773 England where she hopes to find a Jonbar Point in the sabotage the world's first iron bridge, across the Severn Gorge near Bristol, hoping by this planned action to delay the onset of the Industrial Revolution. The main impact of the tale may lie in ...

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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