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Kane, James J

(1837-1921) Canadian-born US Naval officer from 1861 until his retirement in 1896, rising as chaplain to the rank of Rear Admiral. Ilian; Or, the Curse of the Old South Church of Boston: A Psychological Tale of the Late Civil War (1888) is more a Gothic tale than an sf exploration into abnormal Psychology, but its ornate workings out of a plot based on genetic determinism give it some interest. [JC]

Curry, E S

(1837-1906) Canadian-born minister and author, who became a US citizen in 1901; his The No-Din: Romance, History and Science of Pre-Historic Races of America and Other Lands (1899) is Prehistoric SF. Somewhat confusedly, 8000 years after the birth of Adam, an Edenic continent in the South Pacific is destroyed by a Comet; the survivors of this Disaster flee far and wide in Airships – including the No-Din itself and eventually colonize "Amurica", "Atlantuz", "Ophur" and other territories. ...

Ma Jian

(1953-    ) Chinese-born painter, photographer and author, in Britain since 1999 and naturalized as a British subject, whose anti-Communist writings made him persona non grata in his native land. His exile status has not only conferred upon him an international celebrity, but also a removal from the traditional chronology of bibliography, with some of his books appearing first in translation, preceding the publication of the original texts in Chinese. Banned in mainland ...

Smith, Dale

(1976-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Puppet King" in Missing Pieces (anth 2001) edited by Shaun Lyon and Mark Phippen. He has since focused on Tie work for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Heritage (2002) for the Doctor Who BBC Past Doctors subseries; and for the Time Hunter Shared World sequence beginning (and perhaps stopping) with The Albino's Dancer (2006). [JC]

Hemming, Norma K

(1928-1960) UK-born sf fan and author, in Australia from 1949; she began publishing work of genre interest, usually as N K Hemming, with "Loser Take All" (Winter 1950/1951 Science Fantasy #3) and "Death Ray for Roma" (October 1951 Thrills Incorporated #16), releasing about twenty further stories before her early death, including "Amazons of the Asteroids" (November 1951 Thrills Incorporated #17), a Utopia. The Norma K Hemming Award (see Awards) was founded in 2009, and is given – rather ...

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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