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Broun, Bill

(?   -    ) US journalist, editor and author whose first novel, Night of the Animals (2016), is set in a Near Future Dystopian London which has suffered most of the ills the twenty-first century has been able to inflict by the year 2052: demoralized by top-down economic paralysis, trapped in a surveillance-obsessed spam-choked Media Landscape that a weak (but tyrannical) monarchy cannot control, Britain is gripped by an end-times desolation (see End of the ...

Pène du Bois, William

(1916-1993) US illustrator, art editor and designer (for the Paris Review, of which he was a founding editor, between 1953 and 1960) and author; son of the painter Guy Pène du Bois (1884-1958), whose work had some influence on him. His own novels, which he illustrated himself (he also illustrated other writers' books), are usually juveniles, though the bold intricacy of his illustrations are of general interest, and are quite capable of conveying a Sense of Wonder to those open to their ...

Moore, David A

(1814-?   ) US author of The Age of Progress: Or, a Panorama of Time, in Four Visions (1856), a composite volume in which essays in Biblical typology are set against assays into Future History: for instance, Part One depicts the world of 3000 CE specifically as Eden reborn. [JC]

Hughes, Dorothy B

(1904-1993) US author of hard-edged, noirish detective novels, one of which, The Delicate Ape (1944), sets a plot involving international intrigue in a Near Future version of New York. [JC]

Hartman, Keith

(1966-    ) US film-maker and author who has worked in various genres, mostly nonfantastic. He is of sf interest for his Gumshoe sequence of Near Future crime thrillers beginning with The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse (1999), set in Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-2020s; the protagonist, a gay private eye (see Sex) finds himself entangled, sometimes spoofishly, with gangs and fanatics occupying the great, sometimes comically dysfunctional City. In Gumshoe Gorilla ...

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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