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Roberts, Andrew

(1963-    ) UK journalist, historian and author much of whose work has focused on the history of Great Britain from a conservative position, during the course of which he has argued that George W Bush's term of office as American President was successful due to his prosecution of the second Iraq War. Of sf interest is The Aachen Memorandum (1995), a spoofish Near Future thriller in which UK fears of cultural obliteration within the Dystopian EEC are not so much guyed as ...

Atherton, Gertrude

(1857-1948) US author, biographer and historian. In a long career that extended from 1882 to 1946 she published about 50 books in a multitude of genres, beginning to publish work of genre interest with "The Caves of Death" for San Francisco News Letter in 1886; her first novel was an occult romance involving metempsychosis, What Dreams May Come: A Romance (1888) as by Frank Lin (see Reincarnation). In The White Morning: A Novel of the Power of the German Women in Wartime (short version December ...

Suttner, Baroness Bertha von

(1843-1914) Austrian journalist, editor and author, famed for her pacifism, for which she became famous after the publication of her novel, Die Waffen Nieder! ["Lay Down Your Arms"] (1889). She is of sf interest for Der Menschheit Hochgedanken: Roman aus der nächsten Zukunft (1911; trans Nathan Haskell Dole as When Thoughts Will Soar: A Romance of the Immediate Future 1914), a Near Future tale in which the solution to international conflict is the Pax Aeronautica, as espoused and ...

Service, Pamela F

(1945-    ) US author of fantasy and sf, mostly the former, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Chariot Ruts" for Asimov's in March-April 1978; she has written little short fiction. Her novels, usually designed for children or the Young Adult market, begin with the Winter sequence of Ruined Earth fantasies comprising Winter of Magic's Return (1985) and Tomorrow's Magic (1987), in which – released from immurement by a nuclear blast 500 years after World ...

Neville, Jill

(1932-1997) Australian journalist, playwright and author, mostly in the UK from 1951; she was the sister of Richard Neville (1941-2016), editor of Oz in the 1960s and author of Footprints of the Future: Handbook for the Third Millennium (2002). Neville was not much drawn to sf, though her second novel, The Love-Germ (1969), is an occasionally sharp sf Satire set in the Near Future, which traces the course of the eponymous mutant bug as it transforms society. [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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