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Jones, Nick

(1972-    ) UK author whose first series, the Downstream Diaries sequence beginning with Downstream (2014 ebook), comprises a first assay at the Time Travel intricacies more fully espoused in the Joseph Bridgeman sequence, beginning with And Then She Vanished (2021) and featuring the same protagonist. In the first iteration of the series, a London antique dealer is inveigled by a time traveller to go on missions into the past in order to rectify the consequences of crimes ...

Maddern, Philippa

(1952-2014) Australian academic and author who wrote fiction as Pip Maddern, beginning with her best-known story, "The Ins and Outs of the Hadhya City-State" in The Altered I (anth 1976) edited by Lee Harding, a tale perhaps influenced by Jorge Luis Borges, featuring a profoundly intricate City from which it is impossible to escape. In another story of strong interest, "Inhabiting the Interspaces" in Australian Science Fiction (anth 1979) edited by Van Ikin, a young renegade woman tries to ...

Colombo, John Robert

(1936-    ) Canadian author and editor of over 80 books, notably anthologies of Canadiana and works of popular reference, the most important volume of this sort with general interest being the large Colombo's Canadian References (1976). Books with sf relevance include: CDN SF&F: A Bibliography of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (1979 chap) with Michael Richardson, Alexandre L Amprimoz and John Bell; Blackwood's Books: A Bibliography Devoted to Algernon Blackwood ...

Royce, E R

(?   -    ) Author, perhaps pseudonymous, of whom nothing is known beyond his cover credit for the Curtis Warren sf novel Experiment in Telepathy (1954). In the second edition of this encyclopedia Royce was listed as a pseudonym of Denis Hughes, an attribution which has never been adequately confirmed. [DRL]

Donovan, Rita

(1955-    ) Canadian author of one Dystopia, The Plague Saint (1997), set in a Ruined Earth Canada riddled by a Pandemic and Religion, and tracing the destiny of a young woman manhandled into sainthood and martyrdom. [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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