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Morse, David

(1940-    ) US journalist, poet and author whose sf novel, The Iron Bridge (1998), very effectively utilizes a Time Travel structure: the protagonist, from an America ravaged by Climate Change, Pollution and War, travels to 1773 England where she hopes to find a Jonbar Point in the sabotage the world's first iron bridge, across the Severn Gorge near Bristol, hoping by this planned action to delay the onset of the Industrial Revolution. The main impact of the tale may lie in ...

McConaghy, Charlotte

(1988-    ) Australian author much of whose work has been fantasy for Young Adult readers. Her third series, The Cure sequence, beginning with The Fury (2014 ebook) [all volumes later issued in print form], is set in a Near FutureDystopian world where the eponymous Drug, injected annually, eliminates all anger in those subjected to it. But as some form of anger is intimately wedded to other forms of human emotion and conation, the world created is desolate. But love and ...

Smale, Alan

(?   -    ) UK-born astronomer and author, in US from 1988, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Breath of Princes" in A Wizard's Dozen: Stories of the Fantastic (anth 1993) edited by Michael Sterns; like much of his early short fiction, it is Fantasy. He is of sf interest primarily for his Panverse Two Alternate History sequence, initially a Shared World enterprise, his first tale being "A Clash of Eagles" in Panverse Two: Five Original ...

Barrett, David V

(1952-    ) UK author of some short fiction of genre interest, beginning with "Les Temps étrange sur L'île Fisseau" for The Gate in 1990. He is editor of Digital Dreams (anth 1990), which contains original British stories about AI, Computers and Virtual Reality; and of Tales from the Vatican Vaults (anth 2015), whose contributions have a common Alternate History theme. Of his nonfiction books, The Encyclopedia of Prediction: Fate, Fortune & Foretelling the ...

Niemann, August

(1839-1919) German editor and author, usually on military matters, whose Future War novel, Der Weltkrieg – Deutsche Träume (1904; trans J H Freese as The Coming Conquest of England 1904), does not anticipate World War One very precisely, though the Near Future conflict envisioned is worldwide, with Britain losing in India and at home against an alliance that groups France, Germany and Russia into an irresistible force. Aetherio, eine Planetenfahrt ["Aetherio: A Trip to the Planets"] ...

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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