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La Voie, Julia

(circa 1870-?   ) US author of the Lost World tale, A Tale Half Told (1904), which depicts a contemporary Utopia in Asia Minor. [JC]

Bedford, Jacey

(?   -    ) UK author, folk singer and folk-song tour organizer who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Jewel of Locaria" in Warrior Princesses (anth 1998) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Her first novel, Empire of Dust (2014), opens the Psi-Tech Space Opera trilogy whose Telepathically augmented lead characters (see ESP; Psionics) are in dangerous conflict with the megacorporations that control the Stargates or ...

Nicolson, Harold

(1886-1968) Persian-born UK diplomat, politician (National Labour MP 1935-1945) and author, married to V Sackville-West, knighted in 1953. His brief political association with Sir Oswald Mosley (1896-1980) clouded his name for some – though this relationship was terminated when Mosley founded the British Union of Fascists in 1932 – but in his later career he moved toward a more stable left-centrism. His Near Future sf novel Public Faces (1932), set in 1939, describes the ...

Williamson, Robert H

(?   -?   ) UK author whose only known novel, The Sweetness of Revenge (1904) is an adventure with sf elements, including the Invention of an advanced Machine; any Near Future implications of the tale, which takes place mostly at sea, are only dubiously to be inferred. [JC]

Joron, Andrew

(1955-    ) US poet much of whose work is coloured by – or directly engages in – sf, and who began to publish poetry of specifically genre interest with "The Sonic Flowerfall of Primes" for New Worlds #216, September 1979. Titles of interest include A Measure of Calm (1985 chap) with Robert Frazier, Force Fields (coll 1987 chap), Science Fiction (coll 1993 chap) and Invisible Machines (coll 1994 chap) with Robert Frazier; much of this material is assembled in The ...

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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