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MacLennan, Phyllis

(1920-2012) US translator, actor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Contract in Karasthan" for Fantastic Stories of the Imagination (see Fantastic) in July 1963, her best-known tale being "Thus Love Betrays Us" (September 1972 F&SF). Her sf novel, Turned Loose on Irdra (1970), subverts its orthodox frame – the protagonist is sent to a planet whose civilization (see Life on Other Worlds) is about to be inducted into the Galactic Union (see Galactic Empire) ...

Lewis, Sinclair

(1885-1951) US author, highly esteemed in the 1920s and 1930s for such novels as Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922), and first US winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1930; but his reputation had much diminished before his death, and has not recovered. Lewis's first novel, Hike and the Aeroplane (1912) as by Tom Graham, is a juvenile centred on the Invention of a futuristic 200mph (320kph) aircraft. Arrowsmith (1925) may be less sf than fiction about science, contrasting the idealism ...

Ireland, David

(1927-    ) Australian author whose A Woman of the Future (1979), his best-known work of sf interest, depicts a bizarre but positively conceived set of futures through which his protagonist searches, and finds congenial. City of Women (1981), on the other hand, presents a Feminist vision of separatism whose ending befits its Alice in Wonderland style, as the vision turns out to be the hallucination of a lonely woman. Archimedes and the Seagle (1984), a fantasy, presents the ...

Taylor, Charles D

(1938-    ) US author whose Bernie Ryng series of Technothrillers beginning with First Salvo (1985) offers a Cold War perspective on conflicts in the very Near Future, with a strong emphasis on action at sea. Of his singletons, Show of Force (1980) depicts sea battles between East and West in a similar context, with World War Three being averted in the nick of time. [JC]

Mendham, Clement A

(1859-1941) UK civil engineer and author of a Lost Race tale, A Buried Mystery (1898), in which an ancient settlement is discovered in South America; the protagonist lives there a while, soon finding a maiden sufficiently white to marry. [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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