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Evans, I O

(1894-1977) South-African-born editor and author, in UK from an early age, and a UK civil servant from 1912; he was in active service throughout World War One. His first book of sf relevance was the nonfiction The World of Tomorrow – A Junior Book of Forecasts (1933), focusing on possible future Inventions, partly illustrated with reproductions of artwork from sf magazines, and thus – almost accidentally – the first Anthology of sf Illustration; Anthology of Armageddon (anth ...

Landis, Marie

(1920-1999) US author who published solely in collaboration with Brian Herbert: some short fiction, but more notably two novels, Memorymakers (1991), which deals with a future Earth riven by cannibalism, and The World of Darkness: Vampire: Blood on the Sun (1997), a Tie to the Role Playing Game. [JC]

Rennie, J Alan

Pseudonym of James Brown Gribbin (1899-1969) Scottish author of The Footstool of the Moon (1938), a Lost World novel set in Abyssinia where, having suffered Devolution, the Apes-as-Human survivors of a high ancient civilization threaten the safety of contemporary explorers; prehistoric species are discovered. [JC]

Lopez, Antony

(?   -    ) UK author of The Second Coming (1975), a Near Future Dystopia with Religion playing an ambivalent role. [JC]

Abela, Deborah

(1966-    ) Australian author of the Max Remy sequence of Young Adult Humour beginning with Max Remy: In Search of the Time and Space Machine (2002; vt Max Remy: Spy Force: The Time and Space Machine 2005 UK as by D Abela). The Grimsdon sequence, comprising Grimsdon (2010) and New City (2014), perhaps more interestingly (if in a manner excessively sprightly) depicts the survival of a group of adolescents in the eponymous Near Future City, which has been devastated by great ...

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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