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Taylor, Sam

(1970-    ) UK journalist, translator and author in whose first novel, The Republic of Trees (2005), a group of young men and women trek into uninhabited territory in the heart of France, where they establish a Utopia whose contours darken rapidly, and in whose second, The Amnesiac (2007), is an intensely complicated rendering of its protagonist's search for a missing three years comes close to but does not extend into a fantastic reading. His third novel, The Island at the ...

Brennan, Frederick Hazlitt

(1901-1962) US journalist, screenwriter and author, active in the first capacity from 1923, and in the second capacity between 1929 and 1963; of his novels, One of Our H Bombs Is Missing (1955) is of sf interest for its exploitation of very Near Future Cold War tensions in the story of a group of pilots who go rogue, steal a nuclear bomb, and attempt to bring about the End of the World. Inter alia, a narrative of military Paranoia in high places deftly unfolds, mildly previsioning the scabrous ...

McKay, Herbert

(?   -?   ) UK author of A Camouflage Revolution (1929), in which the threat of a clandestine communist takeover of Great Britain is set in the Near Future. [JC]

Night Cry

US Digest-sized magazine (1984-1987) published by TZ Publications Inc of New York; edited by T E D Klein (#1-#3) and then Alan Rodgers (#4-#11). Eleven issues in all, dated from 1984 (no month or season given) to Fall 1987. / This weird-fiction spinoff from Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine began with a Twilight Zone special billed on the cover as "20 Tales of Heartstopping Terror from Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Magazine", comprising reprinted stories (plus features) from 1981-1984 ...

Dieudonné, Florence Carpenter

(1850-1927) US author. In her Rondah, or Thirty-Three Years in a Star (1887) the tale's several protagonists travel through the solar system in a mountain which, propelled by explosions, serves as a Spaceship that takes them to a large inhabited Asteroid, where the central figure of the tale becomes king of the native bird-people, who are in fact of vegetable origin, and who are replaced by ferocious elves when the worldlet cools down. Much happens. In the end, the protagonist, with his woman, ...

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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