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Bierbower, Austin

(circa 1844-1913) US academic and author whose Prehistoric SF tale, From Monkey to Man, or Society in the Tertiary Age: A Story of the Missing Link [for full title see Checklist] (1894), suggests the Ice Age (see Climate Change) as the effective cause of the Missing Link's expulsion from the Garden of Eden, which is located in the heart of what would become the United States; and that proto-men's struggles with snakes were the reason the Serpent has subsequently been symbolized as Evil (see ...

Addison, Hugh

Pseudonym used by UK journalist and author Harry Collinson Owen (1882-1956) for his Future War novel The Battle of London (1923), one of several contemporary works which warned of a communist revolution in the UK from a right-wing standpoint. It was given a slight twist by the inclusion of a seemingly advantageous German attack on London. But the protagonist has learned of the attack in advance, London has been evacuated, and a vigilante rump of British patriots – basing its actions with ...

Parrish, Randall

(1858-1923) US lawyer, journalist and author, mostly of romantic Westerns, a category description which roughly frames his Lost Race novel, Prisoners of Chance: The Story of What Befell Geoffrey Benteen, Borderman, Through his Love for a Lady of France (1908), set in Louisiana Province in the eighteenth century, where the protagonist discovers the ancient race now known to scholars as the Mound Builders. [JC]

Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature

Australian critical magazine edited by Van Ikin from the University of Sydney and later University of Western Australia; associate ed Terry Dowling; irregular; Pulp-magazine format, 45 or perhaps 46 issues 1977-2009, apparently current. Intended to be a reputable academic journal, as the editorial addresses suggest, Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature has oscillated a little uneasily between the academic and the fannish, but has nevertheless published good critical features. ...

Chambless, Edgar

(1870-1936) US visionary and author whose Utopia, Roadtown (1910), promulgates a radically modernizing concept for the City as a literal embodiment of the centrality of Transportation: "a line of city ... projected through the country ... in the form of a continuous house. In the basement ... are to be placed means of transporting passengers, freights, parcels and all utilities...." This concept of a house-wide Linear City capable of spanning America in a continuous line from New York to San ...

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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