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MacDonald, Robert MacLaughlan

(1874-1942) Scots author and prospector who spent some years looking for gold in Australia and New Guinea and has been wrongly identified as Australian. His Lost Race novels include The Moon God's Secret: A Tale of the Tropical Pacific (1905), in which white explorers encounter decayed relics of an advanced ancient race (see Devolution); The Gold-Seekers: A Tale of Adventure: A Gold-Extracting Motor and the Sahara Desert (1910), in which an Invention helps a young lad gain riches in the Sahara ...

Schwartz, Tom

(1930-    ) US author, mostly of nonfiction, in whose Young Adult sf novel, Spaceship Earth: A Beginning Without End (2010), the discovery that the universe is cyclical (see Cosmology; End of the World), and that all humanity will perish in a new Big Bang, inspires a multi-generation effort to transform the planet Earth into a World Ship capable of surviving through the next contraction. [JC]

Oshikawa Shunrō

Pseudonym of Japanese author Masa'ari Oshikawa (1876-1914), whose Young Adult tales of aristocratic heroes, oceanic Robinsonades and plucky inventors were a crucial element of the Japanese zeitgeist in the Edwardian era. / Oshikawa's stories were leavened with speculative machinery, soaring martial fervour, and a sense of Japan's manifest destiny (see Imperialism). His career spanned a period when the Japanese were seen as "the British of Asia", with a nascent sense of entitlement to ...

Day After, The

Made-for-tv film (1983). ABC. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Written by Edward Hume. Cast includes Steven Guttenberg, Lori Lethin, John Lithgow, Jason Robards, Jo-Beth Williams and William Allen Young. 121 minutes. Colour. / Set in Lawrence, Kansas, the film tells of a massive nuclear exchange between the USA and USSR. Many of the missiles hit Kansas and Missouri, targeted because of their numerous Minuteman silos. The Day After opens a week before nuclear World War Three begins, and ends ...

Toomey, Robert E, Jr

(1945-    ) US author who began publishing sf stories with "Pejorative" for New Worlds in July 1969. His A World of Trouble (1973), a Space Opera, sets a galactic agent on an alien planet, where he has many jocosely told adventures. [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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