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Liljencrancz, Ottilie A

(1876-1910) US author whose first novel, The Thrall of Leif the Lucky: A Story of Viking Days (1902), is a Lost Race tale set in the Arctic; two of her subsequent tales, The Vinland Champions (1904) and Randvar the Songsmith: A Romance of Norumbega (1906), similarly introduce Prehistoric SF and Nordic Saga elements into their romanticized take on the North-Eastern coast of pre-Columbian America. [JC]

Miller, John Jackson

(1968-    ) US Comics writer, editor and author who began his career with Comic Retailer in 1993, working as an editor; his first script was for Crimson Dynamo, a comic in the Marvel Comics stable. H also wrote Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a Graphic Novel Tie to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). He is best known, though for his contributions to the Star Wars universe, beginning with Knight Errant (2011) in the Titan subseries, ...

Marfax, Clyde

Author (?   -    ), perhaps pseudonymous, of whom nothing is known beyond the appearance of this byline on the unremarkable Planets of Peril (1954 chap), #4 in the shortlived Fantastic Science Thriller pocketbook series. Marfax has sometimes been identified as a pseudonym of the woman who wrote as Erroll Collins, but stylistic evidence suggests otherwise. [DRL/SH]

Geen, Eric

(?   -    ) UK author of an sf Satire, Tolstoy Lives at 12N B9 (1971), published at a time when in the UK residents in garden suburbs and meticulously designed exurbs were beginning to live through the downside of the knowing solicitude of the town-planners who thought the destruction wreaked by World War Two was an opportunity. Tolstoy is a boy; his residential address fixes him into a Dystopian environment where nothing is allowed to be unexpected. [JC]

Chavannes, Albert

(1836-1903) Swiss-born author, in US from 1848, of two linked Utopias, The Future Commonwealth; or, What Samuel Balcom Saw in Socioland (1892) and In Brighter Climes; or, Life in Socioland: A Realistic Novel (1893). In Socioland, a socialist enclave hidden somewhere in Africa, women are equal to men (see Feminism; Women in SF), though both engage in the nineteenth-century practice sometimes known as karezza, which may be defined as non-seminal sexual intercourse. [JC]

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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