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Dewdney, A K

(1941-    ) Canadian mathematician and computer scientist whose sf novel, The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World (1984), intriguingly updates Edwin A Abbott's Flatland (1884); its Flatland protagonist, Yndrd, attempts to penetrate from his world of Arde into an epiphanous "reality beyond reality", making contact as he does with a roundworld Computer programmed to simulate two-dimensional existence (see Dimensions). The portrayal of two-dimensional life ...

Theobald, Robert

(1929-1999) Indian-born economist and author, in UK from 1945, in US from around 1960; an exponent of the need for alternative Technologies and strategies to survive the turn of the century (see Futures Studies); his several texts culminate in An Alternative Future for America's Third Century (1976). His sf novel, Teg's 1994: An Anticipation of the Near Future (1972) with J M Scott, carries on these concerns through a series of dialogues between George Orwell-Fellowship-winner Teg and various ...

West, Alroy

Pseudonym of UK author Michael Roy Hastings (1907-1980), who was born Herbert Roy Higgins, but normally wrote adventure thrillers as by Michael Hastings, taking that name by deed poll in 1939; he also published some thrillers as by Gabriel Hythe. As West, he wrote at least one tale of some sf interest (and perhaps several); one of these, The Black Matador (1937), describes the effects of the Invention of a device capable of blocking all electronic Communications. [JC]

Orkow, Ben

(1896-1988) Russian-born author, in US from 1906 and naturalized in 1924, mostly of plays and film scripts; he also wrote as B Harrison Orkow. In his sf novel When Time Stood Still (1962) a couple travel via Suspended Animation to 2007 CE, where advances in Medicine may offer a cure to her fatal disease. [JC]

Kelley, Thomas P

(1905-1982) Canadian prizefighter, circa 1927-1929 under the name Tommy Kelley, and author, by his own description "King of the Canadian pulp writers", mostly of adventure fiction and "true crime", under his own name and a variety of pseudonyms, including Gene Bannerman, Roy P Devlin and Valentine North. Some of his novels are of sf interest. I Found Cleopatra (November 1938-February 1939 Weird Tales; cut 1946; text restored 1977) is a Lost World tale set Underground where a race, which has ...

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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