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Pielke, Robert G

(1942-    ) US author of A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor (2010), an Alternate History tale designed to begin a series centring on the American Civil War. [JC]

Davenport, Basil

(1905-1966) US academic and anthologist. His connection with sf began with An Introduction to Islandia [for subtitle see Checklist] (1942 chap), a book about Islandia (1942) by Austin Tappan Wright; his introduction to Stephen Vincent Benét for that author's Selected Works (coll 1942 2vols) is strong and sympathetic. Then came a short critical and historical study, Inquiry into Science Fiction (1955 chap). Describing himself as a "toastmaster", Davenport also introduced (though Earl Kemp ...

Gröner, Augusta/Auguste

(1850-1929) Austrian author, who sometimes spelled her given name Auguste or August, in order to disguise her sex; of sf interest is Mene Tekel: eine seltsame Geschichte (1910; trans Grace Isabel Colbron as Mene Tekel: A Tale of Strange Happenings 1912), the only title in her Joseph Muller sequence of detective thrillers of fantastic interest, as Muller bird-dogs an expedition designed to show that some ancient tablets are fake through a device that recovers light from objects from the deep ...

Neufeld, John

(1938-2021) US author, mostly for Young Adult readers, beginning with Edgar Allan (1968). He is of sf interest for Sleep, Two, Three, Four! (1971), a highly politicized Near Future Dystopia dominated by "Nixon and Company", and featuring the attempts of a group of teenagers to transcend their conditioning – the model of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is present throughout – and to rescue a friend from a detention centre. [JC]

Anonymous SF Authors

This rubric covers the authors of works which, in their first edition, appeared with no indication of authorship whatsoever, and any in which authorship is indicated only by a row of asterisks or some similar symbol; cases where authorship has never been ascertained are discussed in the author entry for Anonymous. Works attributed to "the author of ..." are considered anonymous only if the work referred to is itself anonymous. Cases where subsequent editions reveal authorship are included; all ...

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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