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Balchin, Nigel

(1908-1970) UK author, industrialist and wartime scientific adviser to the Army Council; married (1933-1951) to Elisabeth Ayrton. From the beginning of World War Two his fictions specialized in the creation of psychologically and physically crippled "competent men", as in The Small Back Room (1943), and were plotted around scientific problems at the verge of sf; A Sort of Traitors (1949), in particular, nears new territory as its ...

Jordan, Hillary

(1963-    ) US author whose second novel, When She Woke (2011), is set in a Near Future America where church and state are no longer separate, and a fundamentalist Dystopia has been established according to whose diktats women are scapegoated and treated as breeders. The homage to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1850) – on being ...

Odoevsky, Vladimir

(1803-1869) Russian music critic and composer, philosopher, politician and author, almost exclusively of short stories; he wrote cookery articles as by Mister Puff; his surname is also transliterated as Odoyevsky. He was the last survivor of an ancient Russian family, and could therefore legitimately be designated a prince. Most of his early work was written for children, sometimes as by Granddad Irinei, and has not been widely translated; he is perhaps best known for Russkije nochi ...

Ritt, William

(1901-1972) US cartoonist and author, whose best known Comic strip, Brick Bradford, is Space Opera (for details see entry on the strip). The strip's first two storylines were revised as two Big Little Books: Brick Bradford and the City Beneath the Sea (1933-1934 Brick Bradford; rev graph 1934) and ...

Echo

US Comic-book series by writer/artist Terry Moore, published by his company Abstract Studios in 30 black-and-white issues (March 2008-June 2011), later collected in Graphic Novel form (six volumes 2008-2011). Inspired by the Large Hadron Collider and similar innovations in modern Physics, the story revolves around Julie Martin, a woman who has accidentally become imprinted with the remains of a ...

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 ...



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