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De Sélènes, Pierre

Pseudonym of French author A Bétolaud La Drable (?   -?   ), which means something like "of the Moon". Un Monde Inconnu: Deux Ans sur la Lune (1896; trans Brian Stableford as An Unknown World: Two Years on the Moon 2014), is an unauthorized sequel (see Sequels by Other Hands) to Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and its own sequel, Around the Moon (1870), featuring Verne's characters, the Gun Club, and a similar propulsion system. On the Moon, ...

Day, Vox

(1968-    ) Pseudonym of US computer Game designer and fantasy author Theodore Beale, co-founder of the video game company Fenris Wolf which developed the Rebel Moon game. As Beale he has written the Eternal Warriors sequence of fundamentalist-Christian fantasy novels; his sf contribution, as Day, is the game Tie Rebel Moon (1996) with Bruce Bethke. The game scenario, with a Libertarian Moon battling Earth's oppression, strongly echoes Robert Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh ...

Swann, S Andrew

Pseudonym of US author Steven A Swiniarski (1966-    ), much of whose sf has been constructed as a loose Future History beginning with the Terran Confederacy: Moreau sequence – comprising Forests of the Night (1993), Emperors of the Twilight (1994) and Specters of the Dawn (1994), all three assembled as Moreau Omnibus (omni 2003), plus Fearful Symmetries: The Return of Nohar Rajasthan (1999) – and constructed as group of sf noir detective novels in a world where ...

Al-Khalili, Jim

Working name of Iraqi-born broadcaster, physicist, academic and author Jameel Sadik Al-Khalili (1962-    ), in the UK from 1979; several of his nonfiction publications, beginning with Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines (1999), have been addressed to the intelligent general reader. He is of sf interest for his first novel, Sunfall (2019), describes a Near Future Disaster perhaps fatal to the planet, the sudden dissolution of the Earth's magnetosphere, which normally ...

Lapin, Lawrence

(?   -    ) US academic and author of a medical sf thriller, Super Virus: Immortal Sins (2009), whose doctor protagonist, attempting to save his wife from breast cancer, invents a virus capable of stopping the disease while simultaneously conferring Immortality. But in the meantime he is suspected of murder. The sequence is projected to continue. [JC]

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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