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Hird, James Dennis

(1850-1920) UK author involved in nineteenth-century temperance movements and Christian socialism: he was Warden of Ruskin College in Oxford – a working-class college located in Oxford to underline some obvious points about the class-structure of British education – from its founding in 1899 until 1909. Toddle Island; Being the Diary of Lord Bottsford (1894) as by Lord Bottsford, is an Erewhonian Utopia set on an Island in the Pacific, and effectively satirizes much of UK ...

Brooks, Max

(1972-    ) US scriptwriter and author who became known as a writer for Saturday Night Live in 2001-2003; his The Zombie Survival Guide (2003) – a nonfiction Satire of survivalist tracts, containing "documentary" scenarios based on Zombie attacks from pre-history to the present – is as engaging as its title. He is best known for World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006), filmed as World War Z (2013). The novel, whose retrospective structure is hugely ...

Dynamic Science Fiction

US Pulp magazine published by Columbia Publications; edited by R A W Lowndes. Six issues, December 1952-January 1954. Much of the fiction was unremarkable, though it did run Lester del Rey's sf thriller "I Am Tomorrow" (December 1952) and the short novel The Duplicated Man (August 1953; 1959) by James Blish and Michael Sherman (a pseudonym for Lowndes). Of more lasting significance was the magazine's nonfiction, which included two two-part critical articles of some note by James E Gunn: "The ...

Joshi, S T

(1958-    ) Writer, critic, publisher and editor best known for his bibliographic and critical work on H P Lovecraft. Born in India, S T Joshi emigrated with his family to Illinois in 1963. After graduating from Brown University in 1980 and obtaining an MA degree there in 1982, Joshi left two years into his PhD under a Paul Elmer More fellowship in classical philosophy and in 1984 obtained an editorial position at Chelsea House Publishers, where he worked closely with Harold ...

Ferguson, Neil

(1947-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "The Monroe Doctrine" for Interzone, Winter 1983/1984, and through the 1980s released several sharply conceived tales, revealing more than once a deep interest in US life. / His first book, Bars of America (coll 1986), not sf, is a collection of tales and musings set in the heart of that country. His first sf novel, Putting Out (1988), presents a Near-Future US political race in terms of the semiotics of dressing, with ...

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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