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Lynn, David

(?   -    ) New Zealand-born author, apparently in UK from adulthood, most active in the 1940s; his sf novel, The Benevolent Despot (1945 chap), depicts a Near Future Britain, here called Hignorania, which, plausibly enough, uses Nuclear Energy for power; the tale heralds the institution of a good-tempered Utopia under the eponymous leader. [JC]

Payne, Paul L

(1921-1992) US editor and author, who edited Planet Stories between 1946 and 1950, and who published some Space Operas, notably The Cructars Are Coming (Summer 1952 Two Complete Science-Adventure Books; 2008 ebook), in which Martians (see Mars) are wrongly accused of causing mass deaths on Earth. [JC]

Silverstein, Janna

(1962-    ) US editor, critic and author, in the latter capacity initially of fantasy stories beginning with "Her Mother's Cries" in Ghosttide (anth 1993) edited by Claudia O'Keefe; more recently she has written at least one Hard SF tale, "After This Life" (2008 Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show). With Tom Dupree and Jennifer Hershey she edited Full Spectrum 5 (anth 1995), which won a Locus Award for best Anthology. [JC]

Dearmer, Geoffrey

(1893-1996) UK author, and a World War One poet of some note, his best early work being collected in Poems (coll 1918 chap), which he much later reassembled, with later material, as A Pilgrim's Song (coll 1993). He is now also remembered for his work (1936-1950) as an Examiner of Plays (which is to say censor) for the Lord Chancellor's Office, and for an incident in 1942, when he thought he heard the word "bugger" spoken in a Terence Rattigan play, though no one else could; after intensive ...

Lawrence, James Cooper

(1890-1932) US industrialist and author of The Year of Regeneration: An Improbable Fiction (1932), in which a man living in 1983 recounts the technological Inventions and Political innovations – perhaps uncomfortably fascist in their implications for current readers – that brought the world out of depression and into a state approaching Utopia. [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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