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Bailey, Charles W

(1929-2012) US author and journalist who collaborated with Fletcher Knebel (whom see for details) on Seven Days in May (1962). [JC]

Barren, Charles

(1913-1999) UK teacher and author, best known for historical romances and co-author with Richard Cox Abel of Trivana I (1966), in which an overpopulated Earth uses the titular Spaceship to establish a Venus colony; he also scripted a sf drama, "The Planet of the Ants", for ITV in 1978. He was chairman of the Science Fiction Foundation from its inception in 1970 until his retirement in 1980, subsequently serving as its Honorary Administrator 1980-1984, materially helping in its survival before ...

Hill, Reginald

(1936-2012) UK author and academic whose early sf was written as by Dick Morland. Both the Morland tales – Heart Clock (1973; vt Matlock's System 1996 as Reginald Hill) and Albion! Albion! (1974; vt Singleton's Law 1997 as Reginald Hill) – use Dystopian techniques to describe visions of repellent future UKs. In the first, citizens are fitted with termination devices for the government to use according to actuarial needs; in the second, England has been literally taken over by soccer ...

MacCloud, Malcolm

(?   -    ) US author of two sf juveniles for Young Adult readers. The Tera Beyond (1981) is a thriller set on the planet Tera, where a student makes the Discovery, at the risk of his freedom, that microbes are inherently dual in nature, suggesting the existence of Parallel Worlds. Rather similarly, though less plausibly, A Gift of Mirrorvax (1981) contrasts the oppressively Dystopian planet Vax with its Counter-Earth Mirrorvax, in which a pacifist ...

Blommedaal, Laurens J

(1956-    ) Dutch-born UK author whose The Desperado of the Metal (1991) follows the adventures of a Cyberpunk protagonist through a noir Near Future Britain on the brink of extinction. [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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