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Vale, Brenda

(?   -    ) UK author of Albion: A Romance of the Twenty-First Century (1982), set in a Near Future Britain in which an agrarian revolution has left the state with no enemies to coerce, though storm clouds beckon. [JC]

Offin, T W

(1834-1913) UK author of How the Germans Took London: Forewarned, Forearmed (1900 chap), a late contribution to the Battle of Dorking subgenre of Future War tales hinging on the Invasion of an unprepared Britain. Mrs Grundy's Zoo: A Political Play (1908 chap) is a Satirical sketch. [JC]

Wolfe, Gene

(1931-2019) US author, born in New York, raised in Texas, long resident in Illinois. He served in the Korean War; his experiences there, which haunted his depictions of War over the decades of his active career, are recorded in the correspondence with his mother between 1952 and 1954 assembled as Letters Home (coll 1991). He graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston and worked in engineering until becoming an editor of a trade periodical, Plant Engineering, in 1972. ...

This Is Not a Test

Film (1962). GPA Productions. Directed by Fredric Gadette. Written by Peter Abenheim, Fredric Gadette, and Betty Laskey. Cast includes Alan Austin, Seamon Glass, Michael Greene, Carol Kent, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas, Thayer Roberts, Don Spruance, Ron Starr and Norman Winston. 73 minutes. Black and white. / On a lonely desert road, Deputy Sherriff Dan Colter (Glass) learns that the Russians have launched a nuclear attack (see World War Three) and is ordered to set up a blockade to prevent ...

Harkins, James W

(1863/1864-1910) US playwright and author of A Prince of the East: A Romance (1900), a Lost Race tale with occult elements set in the Far East. [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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