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Raspail, Jean

(1925-2020) French author, much of whose nonfiction controversially treats the kind of issue explored in the inflammatory Le camp des saints (1973; trans Norman Shapiro as The Camp of the Saints 1975), set in a Near-Future world in the coils of Overpopulation. When the non-white Third World lays siege to Europe, which should have been armed against the onslaught, civilization (that is, white civilization) perishes. Of his many other novels, Sire ["Sire"] (1991) – in which the French ...

Rosenblum, Mary

(1952-2018) US medical researcher and author who wrote mysteries as by Mary Freeman. She began publishing sf with "For a Price" for Asimov's in June 1990. Her first three novels explore various reaches of the contemporary sf landscape, though her favoured venue remains the American West. The Drylands (1993; exp vt as coll Water Rites 2007), which is derived from several stories but does not duplicate earlier material, posits a Near Future America quite strictly continuous with the present day: ...

Kozerski, Paul

(?   -    ) US author of a Near Future thriller, Skylock (2002), in which a Ruined Earth America wracked by Disasters and attendant Climate Change is traversed by a courier, who faces apocalyptic threats as he tries to save his land from foreign enemies. [JC]

England, James

(1931-2003) UK author and fan, actively involved in the British Science Fiction Association with letters and reviews as Jim England from 1963 to the late 1990s. His routine sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Measured Caverns (1978). The adolescent hero is one of many children raised in Underground isolation within a kind of Pocket Universe called Sanctuary; he briefly tours "Outside", which has been described to him as terrifyingly warped by Future War but proves to be contemporary New ...

Ellis, Dean

(1920-2009) US illustrator whose main interests lay outside the sf genre – he did much Illustration for advertising, for general magazines, and notably for postage stamps in the US and some other countries. He received his formal art training at the Cleveland Institute of Art – his studies interrupted by four years' active service in the Pacific – graduating in fine art, followed by postgraduate work at the Boston Museum School of Fine Art. He fell into commercial illustration ...

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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