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Danvers, Dennis

(1947-    ) US author who concentrated on fantasy and horror for the first part of his career, which began with Wilderness (1991), an effective werewolf novel; he began writing sf novels with the Circuit of Heaven sequence comprising Circuit of Heaven (1998) and End of Days (1999), set in a somewhat fantasticated, highly febrile Virtual Reality environment, dominated by an afterworld-like Bin which offers Immortality to the Uploads who have abandoned their flesh selves for ...

Baker, Sharon

(1938-1991) US author of three Planetary Romances – all set on the planet Naphar – whose richly layered Fantasy surface conceals much sf underpinning: Naphar's poisonous environment has an sf explanation; the planet has been colonized by humans who interbred with the native race; and contacts with galactic civilization remain active. Quarreling, They Met the Dragon (1984) describes the coming to adulthood of an escaped slave. Journey to Membliar (1987) and its immediate sequel ...

Birmingham, John

(1964-    ) UK-born playwright, journalist and author, in Australia from 1970, where he became active from around 1980, and where he is best-known for the non-fantastic roman à clef, He Died With a Felafel in His Hand (1994); he began to write sf with his Alternate History version of World War Two, the Axis of Time sequence comprising Weapons of Choice (2004), Designated Targets: World War 2.2 (2005; vt Designated Targets: A Novel of the Axis of Time 2005) and Final ...

Lee, Robert C

(1931-2016) US author of works for children and for the Young Adult market, some of this work hovering in the post facto gap between these categories. The Mike Glenn series is for a relatively young audience, while some of his work addresses older readers, often utilizing Time Travel: in Once Upon Another Time (1972), an adult is cast back to the age of fifteen, where he becomes involved in World War Two; or Timequake (1982), whose protagonists, displaced by an earthquake forward through time, ...

Lawrence, W H C

(?   -?   ) Canadian author of a Future War tale, The Story of '92: A Grandfather's Tale, Told in 1932 (1889), in which an attempted Invasion of Canada by the United States ends in the former's favour (which is to say Canada survives). The tone of the tale – the first fictional account of an American invasion of Canada – is surprisingly jingoistic. [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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