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Owen, Maurice

(1925-2008) Australian wholesaling company manager, resident in New Zealand for many years, and author of an sf tale for Robert Hale Limited: The White Mantle (1967), in which radical Climate Change – a new ice age – is set off by an Asteroid. [JC]

Coury, Phil

(?   -    ) US corporate executive who trained at US Air Force technical schools and served in the USAF during World War Two. His sf novel Anno Domini 2000 (1959) features a future socialist America (see Politics); the plot involves a Senate campaign in which the hero plumps for an alternative course. [JC/DRL]

Bethancourt, T Ernesto

Working name of US singer-songwriter and author Tomàs Ernesto Bethancourt Passailaigue (1932-    ), who from adulthood has usually given his name as the anglicized Thomas E Paisley and has performed as Tom Paisley. Much of his early life is presented in his first novel, the autobiographical New York City, Too Far From Tampa Blues (1975); an sf series, the Yesterday sequence, begins with the Young Adult Tune in Yesterday (1978), which dramatizes some of the same New ...


Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -?   ) in whose Near Future tale, E Pluribus Unum: A Story of Today and of Today's Tomorrow (1936), America is split by a civil war between Fascists and Communists, but recovers: the book ends with the first female President in office. [JC]

Stover, Leon E

(1929-2006) US editor and author, former professor of Anthropology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he also taught sf courses, and science editor of Amazing 1967-1969. He was most active in sf in collaboration with Harry Harrison, editing with him Apeman, Spaceman: Anthropological Science Fiction (anth 1968), and writing with him Stonehenge (1972), a historical novel in which refugees from Atlantis – here rather conventionally identified as the Mediterranean island, Thera ...

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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