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Burdekin, Katharine

(1896-1963) UK author, who was working in a military hospital during World War One when her husband was wounded in action; she signed some of her work Kay Burdekin in America and, in the 1930s, wrote what remains her best-known novel as by Murray Constantine, a pseudonym which was confirmed only in 1985 by Professor Daphne Patai. Neither of her first two novels explores the fantastic. Her third, The Burning Ring (1927), however, is a Time-Travel fantasy in which a self-centred young man, having ...

Wingate, John

(1920-2008) UK naval officer (with active submarine service in World War Two), teacher and author, mostly on naval matters, who published some 25 works of fiction and naval history. His novels are generally nonfantastic, with the exception of two volumes in the Young Adult Submariner Sinclair sequence: in Nuclear Captain (1962) and Sub-Zero (1963), Technothriller elements infiltrate normal Cold War manoeuvres with some element of the fantastic. [JC]

Hawkey, Raymond

(1930-2010) UK graphic designer and author whose work on several newspapers from the 1950s on led to his co-designing The Independent in 1986; his book covers include several for Kingsley Amis, Len Deighton and Ian Fleming. He is less prominent as a writer, though his President trilogy – Wild Card (1974; rev 1988) with Roger Bingham, Side-Effect (1979; rev 1988) and It (1983; vt End Stage 1988) – interestingly combines routine Technothriller tropes with a more adventurous thrust of ...

Gee, Maggie

(1948-    ) UK author whose first published novel, Dying in Other Words (1981), is a perhaps over-exuberant experimental work which could be interpreted as having ghostly elements along Posthumous-Fantasy lines [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In The Burning Book (1983) an ordinary contemporary family's problems are overshadowed by overriding visionary glimpses of the fragility of human life, as demonstrated by Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Holocaust that ...

Venning, Hugh

Pseudonym of Egyptian-born author Claude van Zeller (1905-1984), apparently in the UK from an early age, whose The End: A Projection, Not a Prophecy (1947) envisages, in 2050 CE, a Dystopian (though scientifically advanced) England surrounded by a worse world under the dominion of 666, who rules the Greater Roman Empire and is defeated at the last moment (Venning had become a Benedictine monk in 1934) by the hosts of the Lord. [JC]

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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