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Moore, Jonathan

(?   -    ) US lawyer and author whose first novel, Redheads (2013), is horror whose thrust to the edges of the genre stops just short of the fantastic. Of direct sf interest is The Night Market (2018), set in the shambles of Near Future San Francisco, follows its investigator protagonist into a conspiracy-driven nightmare of commodified late-capitalist privatization/privation, where consumption is mandatory, except for those who can afford not to. The ...

Marr, Andrew

(1959-    ) Scottish broadcaster, journalist, editor and author, active mostly in England, primarily with the BBC from 2000. His first novel, Head of State (2014), is a political thriller set in a modestly Near Future 2017, with Charles III on the throne, Hillary Clinton the President of the USA, and a charismatic prime minister about to win a referendum confirming UK's continuing membership in the European Union. The concealing of his sudden death six days before the vote ...

Oldmeadow, Ernest

(1867-1949) UK author whose 1930s Radio work sometimes verged on the fantastic, though the examples supplied in The Town To-Morrow: Five and Twenty Imaginary Broadcasts (coll 1937) as by Francis Downman do not seem to have been broadcast. His sf novel, The North Sea Bubble: A Fantasia (1906), set in 1910 after a German Invasion of England on Battle of Dorking lines, spoofs the conventions of the Future-War tale in a manner later amplified by P G Wodehouse in The Swoop! (1909). [JC]

BBC Radiophonic Workshop, The

Founded in 1958, this department of the BBC was tasked with providing both sound effects and original music for BBC radio and television programming. Desmond Briscoe (1925-2006) and Daphne Oram (1925-2003), who had previously composed original electronic music for radio works by Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) and Giles Cooper, were the founding recruits. They soon established the Workshop's reputation for innovative, striking music and all manner of sound effects. Early works included the eerie ...


Sf stories based on serious speculations about future means of transportation are greatly outnumbered by stories in which those means function as facilitating devices – i.e., as convenient ways of shifting characters into an alien environment. Inevitably, the same kinds of machines crop up in both categories of story because stories of the second kind borrow heavily from those of the first. Spaceships have been employed by sf writers almost exclusively as a literary device; few stories ...

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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