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Wilson, David Alec

(1864-1933) Scottish civil servant (often in India) and author, much of whose career was devoted to defensive studies of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881); of Modern Lilliput: A History of the Recent Re-Discovery of the Lilliput Archipelago, and What Has Been Happening There (1924), (see Jonathan Swift), a Lost Race tale in which the hidden Island, now rediscovered, proves to boast high Technology and other benefits. Some Satire of the modern world is provided [JC]

Slater, Jim

(1929-2015) UK financier and occasional author in whose Young Adult sf novel, The Boy Who Saved Earth (1979), a young Alien visitor uses his Telepathic powers and superior intellect to stave off an Invasion of Earth by bad aliens. [JC]

Smith, Clark Ashton

(1893-1961) US sculptor and author, of primary interest for his tales of Science Fantasy and horror (see Horror in SF); the rich style (sometimes idiomatic, sometimes "jewelled" in the early Lord Dunsany manner) and baroque invention of this work did much to transform the interplanetary romance of the early years of the century into the full-fledged Post-World War Two Planetary Romance which authors like Leigh Brackett were also shaping into a malleable device. Smith was more specifically ...

King, Louis Magrath

(1886-1949) China-born UK diplomat, whose work in the British Consular Office took him to the China-Tibet borderlands, and author whose By Tophet Flare: A Tale of Adventure on the Chinese Frontier of Tibet (1937; vt The Warden of the Marches: A Tale of the Chinese Frontier of Tibet 1938), reflecting his travels, describes the discovery of a Lost Race is deep within the Inner Asian Frontier of China. [JC]

Ryman, Geoff

(1951-    ) Canadian-born author who moved to the USA at age eleven, in the UK since 1973. He began publishing sf with "The Diary of the Translator" for New Worlds in 1976, but began to generate significant work only with the magazine version of The Unconquered Country: A Life History (Spring 1984 Interzone; rev 1986), which won the BSFA Award and the World Fantasy Award. It is the story of a young woman forced by poverty and the terrible conditions afflicting her native ...

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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