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Honeywell, Antonia

(?   -    ) UK teacher and author whose first novel, The Ship (2015), begins in a Near Future London ravaged by various Disasters connected to Climate Change; though it is not primarily a Young Adult tale, an initial focus on its young protagonist, one of the survivors who now rule London from within armoured Keeps, may deceive. The central action retains the family focus on the young adult genre, and it is her father who has financed the outfitting of a ship ...

Preston, H

Pseudonym used for fiction by US technical author Henry Preston Nail (1931-2012), author of Project Deep Space (2000), set in the moderately distant Near Future as private corporations finally provide the impetus to launch Homo sapiens into interstellar space; the Invention of successively more efficient Spaceship drives is focused upon. [JC]

Underwood, Edna W

(1873-1961) US translator, poet and author, of sf interest primarily for some of the tales assembled as A Book of Dear Dead Women (coll 1911; exp vt Dear Dead Woman: The Weird Stories of Edna W Underwood 2010). In "The Painter of Dead Women" (January 1910 The Hot Set), a painter uses mesmerism (see Hypnosis) to put beautiful women who fit the needs of his Art into Suspended Animation, from which he declines to awaken them; and in "The Mirror of La Granja", similarly, an alchemist's device is ...

Kelton, Aryan

Working name of US author Aryon Lewis Kelton (1892-1957), who also wrote as A Lewis Kelton; his sf novel, The Great Haddon (1933), features a psychoanalyst who uses his powers of Telepathy in an attempt to dominate Wall Street and to obtain Sex from unwitting female victims. An earlier book by Kelton, the nonfiction Power of the Universe (1929), argues that the human subconscious is more powerful than we ken. [JC]

Tallis, Frank

(1958-    ) UK clinical psychologist and author, mostly of The Liebermann Papers series, a nonfantastic crime novel series set in pre-1914 Vienna; of sf interest are Killing Time (1999), whose protagonist, after episodes of psychosis while trapped in a Virtual Reality world, commits murders in the here and now; and Sensing Others (2000), whose protagonist suffers Drugs-induced experiences of Telepathy and possible Identity Exchange. As F R Tallis, he has published several ...

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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