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Bradford, Columbus

(1901-1938) US author whose Terrania: or, The Feminization of the World (1930) posits a Near Future Aristophanean strike by women against marriage until War is ended; the victorious leader of the strike becomes World President in 1950. [JC]

Daniels, April

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Dreadnought (2017), which begins the Young Adult Nemesis sequence, is set in a fantasy-hued Alternate World where Superheroes exist; the protagonist, who is transgender (see Transgender SF) by profound inclination and may be at the verge of transitioning, is suddenly transformed through the death of the eponymous male superhero into a female superhero, who may now be nearly invincible. So armoured, she eventually powers ...

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

A professional guild created in 1965 as Science Fiction Writers of America, to inform sf writers on matters of professional interest, to promote their professional welfare, and to help them deal effectively with publishers, agents, editors and anthologists; in 1992 (see below) it was renamed the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America while retaining the initial SFWA; in March 2022 it was announced that these same initials would henceforth stand for the more global Science Fiction and ...

Inhabitant, The

Pseudonym of unidentified New Zealand author (?   -?   ) whose Sleeper Awakes tale – published in two volumes as The Great Romance, Vol 1 (1881 chap) and The Great Romance, Vol 2 (1881 chap), with a possible lost third volume, the first two assembled as The Great Romance: A Rediscovered Utopian Adventure (omni 2008) – may be the first sf text to convey its protagonist into the future via Suspended Animation. The frame story is, unusually, set in the ...

Hookham, Albert E

(1870-1958) UK author of Amid the Strife; Or, the Lust of Mars (1909), a Future War tale whose venues are less specific than usual for this period, as the tale concerns a conflict between Britain and Bryghtland. [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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