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Yates, Alan G

(1923-1985) UK-born author, in Australia from 1948, who was best known for his long series of detections under the House Name Carter Brown, writing about 150 volumes as Brown, sometimes at a rate of twenty or more a year; he wrote also as Tom Conway, Dennis Sinclair, Paul Valdez and Peter Yates. He began to write sf – usually to rigid formula – with some short stories around 1950, with G C Bleeck (see Belli Luigi), ...


According to tradition (though many prefer a more mystical interpretation), the great goal of those proto-Scientists the alchemists was the transmutation of elements – specifically of base metals, usually lead, into gold, by means of the elusive Philosopher's Stone. Examples of gold-making facilitated by sf Inventions rather than the devices of fantasy include J B Harris-Burland's ...

Rudaux, Lucien

(1874-1947) French astronomer and popular-science author and illustrator whose Sur les autres mondes ["On Other Worlds"] (1937) contains many examples of space art, imagining – in terms of current scientific knowledge – the landscapes of the Moon and other planets of our solar system. His depiction of the Moon's surface as consisting of rolling landscapes with rounded mountains and hills (Rudaux even explained his ...

Marques, Patricia

(?   -    ) Portuguese-born author, in UK from the age of eight, whose Isabel Reis sequence of policiers beginning with The Colours of Death (2021) is set in an Alternate World version of Lisbon where some individuals exhibit Psi Powers, including Telekinesis and Telepathy, and who comprise a threatened ...

McKeag, Ernest L

(1896-1974) UK author who began writing boys' fiction in 1921, some of it featuring the occasional sf McGuffin and several Lost Worlds. In his later career he published many non-sf novels under the House Name "Griff". The Lost City of the Sierras (1927 chap) is a Lost World tale set Underground; ...

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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