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Stolbov, Bruce

(1950-    ) US author whose Ruined Earth novel, Last Fall (1987), describes the dilemma faced by a Pastoral wood-dwelling pacifistic enclave of survivors when gun-bearing intruders arrive, decades after a nuclear Holocaust. The tale is notable for the quiet warmth of its depiction of a renewed natural world. [JC]

Mannes, Marya

(1904-1990) US author, features editor and journalist, often on Feminist themes. Her first novel, Message from a Stranger (1948), is an afterlife fantasy. In her sf Satire They (1968), the USA is taken over by the under-30s, who determine that everyone must retire by the age of 50, live in segregated Keeps, and undergo euthanasia by the age of 65. [JC/PN]

Dey, Frederick Van Rensselaer

(1861-1922) US lawyer and author who began to write fiction as early as 1881 under various names, and as Chickering Carter – see under that name for further details – was a central contributor to, and almost certainly the best author to be involved in, the Nick Carter series (see Nick Carter), writing at least 400 stories of varying length for the sequence. He also wrote stories, of various kinds, as by Rose Beckman, Marmaduke Dey, Frederick Ormund, Dirck Van Doren, Varick Venardy, ...

Wahlöö, Per

(1926-1975) Swedish author, best known for his ten-volume Martin Beck crime novel series, all written with his partner Maj Sjöwall (1935-2020). His Near-Future sf thrillers, all of which interrogate the form they use, include Mord på 31:a våningen (1964; trans Joan Tate as Murder on the 31st Floor 1966; vt The Thirty-First Floor 1967), in which intrusive detective work and the intrusions of a totalitarian state are seen as nearly indistinguishable, and which was filmed as ...

Smith, Cordwainer

The most famous pseudonym of Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (1913-1966), US author, political scientist, academic, military adviser in Korea and Malaya (though not Vietnam). A polyglot, he spent much of his early life before 1931 in Europe, Japan and China, his father, Paul Myron Wentworth Linebarger (1871-1939), being a peripatetic sinologist, author, and propagandist for Sun Yat-sen. His interest in China was profound – he had studied there, and edited his father's The Gospel of Chung ...

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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