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Jones, D F

(1918-1981) UK author whose date of birth has been variously given, though the claim that he served as commander in the Royal Navy throughout World War Two suggests the earliest of these; he was variously employed afterwards, beginning to publish sf with the first – and best – volume of his Colossus trilogy, Colossus (1966), effectively filmed as Colossus, the Forbin Project (1969). In both book and film, Charles Forbin has helped to create a master Computer designed to coordinate ...

Xeelee [series]

Future History Series created by Stephen Baxter (whom see for further discussion), extending over a vast Time Abyss from beginning to end of our universe. Though early stories like Baxter's debut "The Xeelee Flower" (Spring 1987 Interzone) recall the colourful inventiveness and Thought-Experiment ingenuity of Larry Niven's better Known Space tales, there is something of Olaf Stapledon's cosmological chilliness in the gradual revelation that human history is no more than a side issue – and ...

Gibbs, Lewis

Pseudonym of UK author Joseph Walter Cove (1891-1972), whose writing career began after active service in World War One. He is now remembered mainly for his biographies, though some of his fiction is of interest. In Parable for Lovers (1934), which is Fantasy, an expatriate Englishman falls in love with a wood-nymph in Greece. In his sf novel, Late Final (1951), an Englishman parachutes into England after World War Three, where he finds London to be a depopulated ruin (see Last Man), and the ...

Kiodomari Allan

Most widely used pen-name of Yukie Mizushima (1910-2008), a Japanese author and interpreter, also sometimes credited variously as Aran Kyōdomari, Tarō Mizushima, Ribō, Zeo Kiodomari and Tarō Urashima. The son of the painter and author Niō Mizushima (1884-1958), Kiodomari was born with strong affinities to Japan's intellectual, modernist and artistic communities. A renowned polyglot, supposedly conversant to some extent in thirty languages, he also created his own, ...

Stuart, Francis

(1902-2000) Australian-born poet, playwright, journalist and author, in Ireland from infancy; in 1918, he married Iseult Gonne (1894-1954), daughter of Maud Gonne MacBride (1866-1953), and remained active in the IRA and in Irish politics until World War Two, which he spent in Germany as an Irish neutral, partly to continue his advocacy of Irish interests. This period – anatomized with chill brilliance in Black List, Section H (1971), his most famous single novel – shaped perceptions ...

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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