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Foy, George

(1952-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Hellbike" (in Masters of Hell, anth 1987, ed Janet Morris et al). His earlier novels are not fantastic, but his Shift sequence – comprising The Shift (1996), Contraband (1997), The Memory of Fire (2000) and The Last Harbor (2000) – moves from its Near Future Cyberpunk-inflected initial setting – which includes a Virtual Reality Alternate History version of 1850s New York – into a ...

Sinclair, Linnea

(1954-    ) US journalist, private investigator and author, who has also written as by Megan Sybil Baker; active in Fandom for many years. Some of her titles are straightforward paranormal romances (not listed below); the Wintertide sequence beginning with Wintertide (1999) as by Megan Sybil Baker extends a romance, by not very clear means, into the Far Future. Of more direct sf interest is the Dock Five Universe sequence beginning with Gabriel's Ghost (2002) as by Megan ...

Harper, Harry

(1880-1960) UK author with Claude Grahame-White of two sf juveniles: The Air-King's Treasure (1913) and The Invisible War-Plane: A Tale of Air Adventure in the Great Campaign (1915). In the latter an Airship is concealed by paint which (it is claimed) neither absorbs nor reflects light. Much later Harper wrote two solo works of semifictional Futures Studies, Winged World: The Coming of the Air Age (1946), where something like a planetary Pax Aeronautica is anticipated, and Dawn of the Space Age ...

Barnwell, William

(1943-    ) US author whose most interesting foray into the sf/fantasy genre was his well-written Blessing Trilogy, consisting of The Blessing Papers (1980), Imram (1981) and The Sigma Curve (1981). Set in Eire (here called Imram), this complex quest through a Ruined-Earth world, where some sort of grand design by mysterious powers is operating, at first appears lively but conventional Science Fantasy. In fact, the intellectual structure of the work is both demanding and ...

Bloundelle-Burton, John

(1850-1917) UK journalist and author, of whose approximately 60 novels – most of them swashbuckling historical romances set mainly at sea – The Desert Ship: A Story of Adventure by Sea and Land (1894) is of sf interest for the Lost Race elements in the tale: the Spanish galleon discovered stranded in the Colorado Desert is loaded with mysterious ritual Aztec objects. [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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