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Wheeler, Thomas Gerald

(?   -    ) US physician and author whose Young Adult sf novel Lost Threshold (1968) is a very late Lost-World story, in which a secret Underground passage leads the hero through a portal or gateway to another world of uncertain location whose pre-industrial people have access to unlimited supplies of gold which they regard as almost worthless but which is coveted by unpleasant intruders. Loose Chippings (1968), for the same readership, is a borderline-sf tale ...

Truth Quotient, The

Performance (2013; vt This Rough Magic). Written by Richard Manly; directed by Eric Parness; produced by Resonance Ensemble; featuring Jarel Davidow, Angelina Fiordellisi, Meredith Howard, Brian Tom O'Connor, Shaun Bennet Wilson and Maxwell Zener. Samuel Beckett Theatre, New York City, 9 January 2013. / In Richard Manly's The Truth Quotient, what is real and what is true come to the fore in the story of billionaire entrepreneur David (Davidow). David has purchased extremely sophisticated ...

Roberts, Terence

Pseudonym of Ivan Terence Sanderson (1911-1973), Scottish-born US author and illustrator on the natural sciences, as in Living Treasure (1941), about wildlife around the Caribbean. As Roberts his sf novel was Report on the Status Quo (1955), a Disaster story set in 1958-1959, after World War Three has catapulted the world into a sudden Climate Change accompanied by a return of the dinosaurs. / As Ivan T Sanderson he wrote several articles on UFOs, beginning with "An Introduction to Ufology" ...

Reedy, Trent

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult novels, the third of which, Divided We Fall (2014), is set in a Near Future America riven by political (and eventually armed) conflicts between the left and right, with state and federal rights being contested on familiar ideological lines. The plot – whose protagonist is a member of the Idaho Army National Guard inadvertently plunged into the middle of what may become a genuine civil War – edges at points ...

Bywater, Hector Charles

(1884-1940) UK journalist and author of influential works on the military applications of sea-power, and of a Future War novel on the same theme, The Great Pacific War: A History of the American-Japanese Campaign of 1931-1933 (1925), which quite remarkably predicts a massive Japanese surprise attack and early triumphs, and an ultimate American victory, the latter due in large part to an inexhaustible supply of energy, once the American navy began to shorten its extended supply lines through an ...

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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