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Dirac, Hugh

(?   -    ) UK medical doctor and author of an sf novel, The Profit of Doom (1970), in which a surgeon (see Medicine) implants brain cells from a foetus into the body of a diseased millionaire, who then gains Immortality. [JC]

Carhart, Arthur Hawthorne

(1892-1978) US conservationist in government service and author, of mild interest under his own name for The Last Stand of the Pack (1929), a set of animal stories [for Animal Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of more direct sf interest is The Wrong Body (1937) as by V A Van Sickle, in which a medical experiment causes Identity Exchange between a criminal and a politician. Under his own name, Carhart was a prolific author of Western tales in various magazines; a few ...

Westall, William

(1835-1903) UK author and journalist, resident for much of his life in Switzerland, where he served as foreign correspondent for The Times of London; he also travelled in South America and elsewhere. The explorer protagonist of The Phantom City: A Volcanic Romance (1886) travels by Balloon to a Lost-World race of Incans hidden in a Guatemalan volcano, where they maintain a pre-Conquest level of civilization. A Queer Race: The Story of a Strange People (1887) is set on an Island populated by a ...

Linder, D Barry

Pseudonym of US author Elizabeth Lorinda DuBreuil (1924-1980) for Libido 23 (1969), a fairly soft sf pornography tale involving enhanced Sex. [JC]

Lopez, Antony

(?   -    ) UK author of The Second Coming (1975), a Near Future Dystopia with Religion playing an ambivalent role. [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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