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Hunter, Megan

(1984-    ) UK poet and author whose first novel, The End We Start From (2017), sets an intimate story involving childbirth and childcare in straitened circumstances against an increasingly intrusive Near Future backdrop. The protagonist mother's waters breaking, and the rapid flooding of London as systems collapse due to Climate Change, are metaphorically joined with some efficiency. The young mother eventually escapes through a post-Cosy Catastrophe landscape to a Scottish ...

Wilson, H W

(1866-1940) UK journalist and author, a founder of the Navy League, and with one of its members, Arnold Henry White, author of a Future War tale, When War Breaks Out [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1898 chap), which dramatizes the dangers of an unprepared navy [for further details see entry on his collaborator]. [JC]

Avoledo, Tullio

(1957-    ) Italian author (see Italy) whose first novel, L'elenco telefonico di Atlantide ["The Atlantis Telephone Directory"] (2003), is a Satire of the modern commercial world set partly in a conspiracy-choked Atlantis; the influence of Thomas Pynchon may be detected. La ragazza di Vajont (2008; trans Gillian Ania as The Girl from Vajont 2013) is an Alternate History tale set in an Italy governed by a fascist tyranny and wracked by civil war, ethnic cleansing, a piercing ...

Knoblock, Edward

(1874-1945) US-born playwright and author born Knoblauch; in UK from 1897, changing his name to Knoblock in 1916 when he became a British citizen; during World War One he served in the intelligence service. Most of his plays were nonfantastic, including collaborations with other authors like Arnold Bennett and J B Priestley, though his most popular drama, Kismet: An "Arabian Night" in Three Acts (performed 19 April 1911 Garrick Theatre, London; 1911), is an Arabian Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia ...


While the term "omnibus" has sometimes been used to describe Anthologies, as in the title of Groff Conklin's anthology Omnibus of Science Fiction (anth 1952), it is better reserved for volumes in which complete novels predominate. It is commonplace for veteran authors to republish three or more of their novels in single volumes, especially if they are parts of a trilogy or Series – a well-known example being Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy (omni 1963) – and for publishers of ...

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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