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Rosen, Selina

(1960-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Closet Enlightenment" in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy for Summer 1989, much of her subsequent work also being fantasy; she founded and edited Yard Dog Press, through which she publishes some of her work, in 1997. Series of sf interest include the Queen of Denial sequence of Planetary Romance tales beginning with Queen of Denial (1999); the Chains sequence, beginning with Chains of Freedom (2001), ...

Moltruhn, Maximilian

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of a Future War novella, The Other Side at the Battle of Dorking [for full title see Checklist] (1871 chap), in which a German participant in the Invasion of the UK tells his story; the tale preserves the main thrust of the Battle of Dorking scenario: the defeat of the unready British. [JC]

Croft, Herbert

(1751-1816) UK barrister, lexicographer and author, best known for a nonfantastic roman à clef, Love and Madness (1780). He is of sf interest for the Kilkhampton series of Satirical sketches beginning with The Abbey of Kilkhampton; Or, Monumental Records for the Year 1980 (1780) [for further details see Checklist below]. Not specifically tied to this sequence, The Wreck of Westminster Abbey, Alias the Year 2000 (1788 chap) [for subtitle see Checklist below] continues in the same vein. ...

Martin-Fehr, John

Working name of German teacher and author Martin Fehr (1905-1978), in the UK from about 1933; his sf novel, The End of His Tether (1972), depicts a Post-Holocaust world soon after a nuclear World War Three has infected the land with numerous diseases and mutations (see Mutants). Eventually representatives of a "new race" – a putative world-order based on strict Eugenics – arrives from Australia, giving some ambivalent hope for the future. [JC]

Van der Naillen, A

(1830-1928) Belgian-born occultist and author, in USA most of his life. His Magi sequence beginning with On the Heights of Himalay (1890) is of some sf interest for its attempts to mash together Theosophy, the Secret Masters who promulgate that doctrine and control the world from the eponymous mountains, and an Aztec Lost Race. [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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