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Wood, Walter

(1866-1961) UK editor and author, usually on military matters. In his Future War novel, The Enemy in our Midst: The Story of a Raid on Britain (1906), fifth columnists assist Germany in its Invasion of England, during the course of which London is invested. Wood is now best known as editor of Toilers of the Deep: The Magazine of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman from 1913 to 1946. [JC]

Musgrave, David

(1973-    ) UK artist and author whose first novel, Lambda (2022),is set in an Alternate World version of London co-inhabited by humans and lambdas, the latter being extremely tiny aquatic mammals, unregistered immigrants who establish a Wainscot Society in an unexpectedly welcoming United Kingdom. Sadly, a bombing unconnected to the lambdas excites the British into a destructive frenzy of hatred (see Imperialism; Race in SF). / Musgrave should not be confused with the ...

Cărtărescu, Mircea

(1956-    ) Romanian teacher, poet and author, active from around 1978. He is of some sf interest for his first novel, Visul ["The Dream"] (1989; uncensored version, vt Nostalgia 1993; trans Julian Semilian 2005), where an exorbitant use of the topoi of Fantastika are assembled (and re-assembled through the five disparate sections of the work) into a kaleidoscopic rendering of the fractured reality of a state like Romania during and after the plague of totalitarianism. ...

Coyle, Harold W

(1952-    ) US author who has specialized in Technothrillers hovering at the edge of the Near Future; they include Team Yankee: A Novel of World War III (1987) which – as a Sequel by Another Hand to Sir John Hackett's Third World War novels of the early 1980s – is of interest for the desolateness of its vision of a future dominated by Future War; Sword Point (1988); Bright Star (1990); Trial by Fire (1992) and Dead Hand (2001), this last, which features an ...

Wu Yan

(1962-    ) Chinese author, Beijing-born but of Manchu ethnicity, whose education encompassed psychology and a management PhD, and whose work includes the teaching of science fiction at Beijing Normal University. His first story, "Adventure in an Iceberg" (1978 Shaonian Kexue), was published when he was only 16, establishing him as an author before the academic career that truly supported him. Wu Yan has often appeared in Kehuan Shijie magazine, but also alongside his ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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