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Wheatley, Dennis

(1897-1977) UK author who served in both World War One and World War Two, in the latter conflict with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 1941-1944. He was a prolific and extremely popular author of many espionage thrillers and historical romances, although the best of his work – and since his death the only category of his large oeuvre to be read at all widely – consists of a number of black-magic tales in ...

Greenlee, MacCowan

(1863-1920) US editor and author in whose Science Fantasy tale, The Lure of the Purple Star (1912), a manuscript cast away in a bottle from the Titanic enables the narrator to discover an Egyptian Time Travel potion and to travel into Biblical times, there to fall in love with a woman out of the Song of Solomon. [JC]

Samachson, Joseph

(1906-1980) US research chemist who became a freelance author between 1938 and 1953 before returning to biochemistry, eventually retiring in 1973 after five years as Associate Clinical Professor of biochemistry at Loyola University, Chicago. His first story, "Bad Medicine" for Thrilling Wonder Stories in February 1941, was published as by William Morrison, under which name he wrote almost all his fiction of interest. Under the House Name ...

Pullar, A L

(?   -?   ) Australian author whose Celestalia: A Fantasy, 1975 A D (1933) describes a series of volcanic Disasters that destroys Japan, causing its population to flee to China, and many displaced Chinese to flee south to Australia, which is taken over (see Imperialism; Yellow Peril). A white government of sort survives in Tasmania. In the West, racial ...

Jeschke, Wolfgang

(1936-2015) Czech-born editor and author, in Germany after 1945; winner of the 1987 Harrison Award for achievements in international sf. He began to publish sf with "Die Anderen" ["The Others"] in 1959, but first became strongly involved with the genre in 1969 when, while working as co-editor of Kinders Literaturlexikon he edited as a freelancer the Science Fiction fur Kenner ["Science Fiction for Connoisseurs"] series for Lichtenberg Verlag. In 1973 he took ...

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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