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Alten, Steve

(1959-    ) US author who is perhaps best known for the Meg sequence, beginning with Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (1997), which is premised on the survival of a megalodon, an extinct species of giant shark reputed to be the most powerful vertebrate predator (see Evolution) ever to exist. The tale, and its sequel, full of Scientific Errors and ...

Vogt, Josh

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Soul Shop" in The Leading Edge for October 2006; his most ambitious work may be a fantasy series, The Cleaners, beginning with Enter the Janitor (2015) [series not listed below]. His sf is restricted to Ties to Videogames, though at least one, Solar Singularity ...

New Zealander

If Louis-Sébastien Mercier's Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred (1771) can be set to one side, because its protagonist travels forward in time (see Time Travel) in order to view the ruins of Versailles, the first published narrative set in the future in which a tourist of that future period investigates the ruins of a city like London seems to be Thomas ...

Silvis, Randall

(1950-    ) US teacher and author, most of whose work is nonfantastic, though he has been identified as a Magic Realist for some of the tales assembled in The Luckiest Man in the World (coll 1984), as well as In a Town Called Mundomuerto (2007) and Flying Fish (2012 chap); the latter two titles both implicate mortals with mythical figures from the sea, in title being odorous with chthonic barings of ...

Mitchell, M E

(?   -?   ) UK author whose sf novel, "Yet in my Flesh –" (1933), describes the conflict between two Scientists over whose Drug will succeed in rejuvenating humans (see Immortality; Serge Voronoff). Some sign of the problematic popularity of Eugenics in the 1930s can be detected in the ...

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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