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Stableford, Brian M

(1948-2024) UK academic, critic, translator and author, with a degree in Biology and a doctorate in Sociology, which he taught 1977-1988 before turning to writing full-time. He began his writing career early, collaborating with a schoolfriend, Craig A Mackintosh (writing together as Brian Craig), on his first published story, "Beyond Time's Aegis" for Science Fantasy #78 in 1965; much ...

Tartar

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of The Comet (1857 chap), a novella narrated in a New Zealander frame (though it is narrated from Melbourne): fifty years earlier, civilization is ended by Disaster after disaster as a great Comet approaches Earth, overheating the planet so that Blacks, better able to sustain the fire next time, take over ...

Lin Yutang

Working name of Chinese-US author, essayist and academic Lin Yü-t'ang (1895-1976), his most important scholarly achievement (in strong contrast to his many volumes of popularized wisdom) being the Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage (1972). In his one sf novel, The Unexpected Island (1955; vt Looking Beyond 1955), refugees from several world Holocausts establish a conservative ...

Zhao, Xiran Jay

(1997-    ) Chinese-born author, in Canada from about the age of ten; they are of sf interest for the Iron Widow sequence beginning with the Young Adult Iron Widow (2021), where visual topoi from Anime enliven with deliberately garish exuberance an otherwise downbeat narrative. In a long fight against Mecha bent on ...

Mitchell, Edward Page

(1852-1927) US newspaperman and author, associated from 1875 until his death with the New York Sun, serving as editor-in-chief 1903-1920. Page's sf, which came from the first decade of his career and most of which first appeared in his own journal, was restricted to about thirty short stories beginning with "The Tachypomp" (January 1874 The Sun anon), which envisaged a means of attaining unlimited speed by running successive trains on top of one another (see ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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