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Brant, John Ira

(1872-1959) US inventor and author whose The New Regime: A. D. 2202 (1909) bases its vision of an international Utopia on the work of Edward Bellamy. Unusually, the "visitor" to this utopia is not a Sleeper Awakes figure but a contemporary man who has given himself Amnesia through Drug use, and must be reintroduced to his happy world. [JC]

Gerard, Morice

Pseudonym of UK clergyman and author John Jessop Teague (1856-1929), author of many historical novels, and of The New Order (1917), a vision of the Near Future from a staunchly rightwing perspective. [JC]

Grattan-Smith, T E

(1871-1946) Australian ventriloquist, journalist and author of children's fiction (see Children's SF) born Thomas Edward Grattan Smith, using Grattan-Smith for his publishing activities. His Lost World novel, The Cave of a Thousand Columns (1938) exposes two young adventurers to Monsters and a non-human species known as the Birdmen in vast Underground caverns beneath Australia. [JC]

House of Hammer, The

UK small Bedsheet-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Published first by G D B Limited, then Top Sellers Limited. Editor: Dez Skinn. 24 issues, 1976 to 1978. / The best-selling UK Monster Movies magazine of its day, The House of Hammer was attractively produced, with Brian Lewis covers for most of Volume One; further featured artists were Brian Bolland and John Bolton. Other contributors included John Brosnan, Ramsey Campbell, Alan Frank and Dennis Gifford. The publication naturally ...

Witcover, Paul

(1958-    ) Zurich-born academic and author, in US from infancy (arriving on the first scheduled commercial jet flight from Paris to New York, September 1958). He began publishing work of genre interest with "Red Shift by Judith Lessing" in Analog for January 1984, which he assembled, vt "Red Shift", in Everland and Other Stories (coll 2009); most of the tales here collected are fantasy, though the intensely-told "Left of the Dial" (September 2004 Sci Fiction) is a tale of ...

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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