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Norfolk, Lawrence

(1963-    ) UK author whose first novel, Lemprière's Dictionary (1991; cut 1992) is an elaborate secret history set in the late eighteenth century, depicting vast Automata from the Steampunk toolkit and sinister immortals (see Immortality) under a phantasmagoric London, murders that involve the re-enactment of classical myth, and a conspiracy by the Secret Masters who attempt to rule Europe, that ties together the Siege of La Rochelle, the British East India Company ...

Rabin, Staton

(1958-    ) US author of two Young Adult novels, Black Powder (2005) and The Curse of the Romanovs (2007), both involving Time Travel: the young protagonist of the first, using his teacher's Invention of a Time Machine, travels back to the thirteenth century in order to deter Roger Bacon from inventing gunpowder, and therefore save his twentieth-century friend from being shot; in the second, the hemophiliac heir to the Russian throne uses skills taught him by Rasputin to ...

Traver, N K

(circa 1986-    ) US author of Duplicity (2015), a Young Adult tale set in a Near Future America very similar to the contemporary world, but where seemingly covert access to Cyberspace – or perhaps a Virtual Reality constructed to resemble cyberspace – distressingly exposes the moderately dysfunctional young Brandon to something like Identity Exchange, when his image in the mirror – a "vision" or Doppelganger of a more acceptable version of Brandon – ...

Gillon, Diana

(1915-?   ) UK author born Diana Pleasance Case and married to Meir Selig Goldstein in June 1937; they changed their name to Gillon while living in Jerusalem in the 1940s, prior to their 1948 return to London. Her sf novel, The Unsleep (1961) with Meir Gillon, describes the effect of the Drug Sta-Wake which, by enforcing sleeplessness, contributes to the creation of an admass Dystopia. [JC]

Struben, Bernd

(1968-    ) Suriname-born author, in US from childhood. He is of sf interest primarily for two Space Operas: in 40 Years (2008), which is Military SF, soldiers are held in time stasis (see Stasis Field) until needed in the fight for Lebensraum against an Alien civilization, across the galaxy; The 13th Zookeeper (2011 ebook; 2012) is set on a planet Terraformed to resemble ancient Earth in order to serve as a Zoo to preserve some memory of the destroyed past. [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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