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Minor, John W

Pseudonym of US author George Lynde Catlin (1840-1896), who specialized in nonfiction, much of it devoted to various railways and railroads. "Bietigheim" (1886) as by John W Minor is a Future War tale set in 1890-1891 between the US and her allies and Germany and hers. Germany loses, and by 1910 republics – on the model of the United States of America – have replaced the old monarchies throughout Europe (see Politics); Latin America is also transformed on the American model. Only ...

Palmer, Dexter

(1974-    ) US author whose first novel, The Dream of Perpetual Motion (2010), a Steampunk tale set in an Alternate World version of America where the protagonist, enduring luxurious imprisonment in a zeppelin floating above a fantasticated City while remembering – in something like a dream state – his beloved Miranda and her father Prospero, the latter in a state of Suspended Animation aboard the flying ship, and a Cyborg Caliban. Meanwhile, the protagonist also ...

Phillips, Michael J

(1879-1926) US soldier and author, active contributor of fiction to magazines from 1903 to around 1926; in his Future War tale, In Our Country's Service (1909), the war of 1938 between an augmented America – Canada having been "annexed" in 1928 – and a powerful Japan (see Yellow Peril) ends in the latter's swift defeat, due to the protagonist's feats of espionage. In "The Unborn Element" (23 June 1926 Adventure), a death Ray helps turn the tables in another war. [JC]

Cosgrave, John O'Hara

(1866-1947) Australian-born US author (naturalized May 1892) and editor from 1900 to 1911 of Everybody's Magazine, which published nonfiction by authors like Samuel Hopkins Adams, Ambrose Bierce, George Bernard Shaw and H G Wells, the latter two in attacks on American neutrality during World War One. Cosgrave was also editor of The Wave and San Francisco Weekly (1889-1890), managing editor of Collier's Weekly in 1912, and Sunday editor of The New York World from 1912 to 1927. He should not be ...

Tayler, Kassy

(?   -    ) US author, possibly pseudonymous, of the Young Adult Steampunk Dystopian Ashes of Twilight sequence beginning with Ashes of Twilight (2012), set in a clockwork-governed Underground world with Pocket Universe elements, run on tyrannically authoritarian lines and in fear of the open air above. In the process of demonstrating that "the sky is blue", the young protagonist finds herself and love, and quests adventurously. Outdoors is not all she ...

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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