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Brown, Dan

(1964-    ) US author of Technothrillers; his take on this form is unusual in some ways, although the usual threats to the safety – or even existence – of the world remain a staple. The engine that drives all his narratives is the puzzle-solving element. His first novel, Digital Fortress (1998), is a thriller largely about cryptanalysis, and features a vastly powerful Computer that some people fear will allow the National Security Agency intrusively to collect ...

After the Holocaust

Board and counter Wargame (1977). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by Irad Hardy, Redmond Simonsen. / After the Holocaust is an unusual Wargame in which victory depends as much on cooperation as competition. The setting is the US twenty years after a devastating nuclear war; players adopt the roles of various factions expanding across the continent, with the aim of reconstructing the nation. The emphasis is on economic rather than military simulation, with success dependent on ...

Bellow, Saul

(1915-2005) Canadian-born US author, winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature, and generally thought of as the premier Mainstream novelist of his generation in the US. Some of his books distantly resemble sf, specifically Henderson the Rain King (1959), a picaresque partly set in a quasimythical African kingdom. Mr Sammler's Planet (1970) has been wrongly annexed as sf by several commentators, who perhaps relied on the title alone; in the novel mankind's reaching of the Moon, and the ...

Dawe, W Carlton

(1865-1935) Australian author, in UK from 1892, mostly of detective thrillers; of sf interest is The Golden Lake; Or, the Marvelous History of a Journey Through the Great Lone Land of Australia (1890), a Lost Race tale set in Western Australia, the current native inhabitants of which reflect wanly (see Devolution; Race in SF) the civilization of their Chinese (or possibly Lemurian) ancestors, whose ancient virtues they Parody in debauched corroborees. A Royal Alliance (1935) is a Ruritanian ...

Means, David

(1961-    ) US author, best known from his first fiction, which he began to publish in 1991, as an author of short stories, not normally fantastic – his work in shorter forms has evoked expectable but merited comparisons with Alice Munro and Flannery O'Connor. He is of sf interest for his first novel, Hystopia (2016), which presents an Alternate History version of modern American history whose Jonbar Point is the survival of John F Kennedy through a third term 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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