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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Sutton, Felix

(?   -    ) US author whose The City under the Sea: an Ace Cooper Adventure (1961), which may be the first volume of an aborted Young Adult series, mildly depicts a Near Future expedition Under the Sea. Ace Cooper is the hero. [JC]

Le Breton, Thomas

Pseudonym of UK author Thomas Murray Ford (1854-1932) who usually published in the Boys' Papers; he also wrote as John Le Breton. Of sf interest is The Submarine Privateer: A Tale of the Great Boer War; And, "The Land of Mystery": A Story of Indian Marvels (coll 1905), the first story describing the Invention and deployment of a superior submarine, and the second locating a Lost World ...

Huddy, Delia

(1934-2005) UK author of some books for younger children, and for Young Adult readers the Tom Humboldt sequence comprising Time Piper (1976) and The Humboldt Effect (1982), adventures involving various characters in complications created through Humboldt's Invention of a Time Machine. In Time Piper a young girl must partake in a ritual in the thirteenth ...

Duniway, Abigail Scott

(1834-1915) US newspaper editor and author, founder in 1871 of The New Northwest in Portland, Oregon, a journal which espoused Feminist causes; she continued the magazine until 1887. When the state of Oregon passed a female suffrage bill in 1912, she was asked to write the proclamation. Of her several tales, all set in the West, the book-length "'Bijah's Surprises" (2 April-26 September 1896 Pacific Empire) is a tale with ...

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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