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Gay, J Drew

(1846-1890) UK journalist, politician, explorer and author in whose The Mystery of the Shroud: A Tale of Socialism (1887) a fog gives a socialist secret society the chance to conquer England in the Near Future, but the chance is muffed. [JC]

Margroff, Robert E

(1930-2015) US author who published his first story, "Monster Tracks", in If in October 1964 solo, but became best known for the collaborations with Piers Anthony which comprise all his book-length work. These began with two sf novels, The Ring (1968) – the titular device being imposed on criminals to provide an artificial conscience that punishes conscious wrongdoing with severe pain (see Crime and Punishment) – and the rather more lightweight The E.S.P. Worm (1970). After a ...

Eberle, Merab

(1891-1959) US editor, poet, author of children's plays and of some sf, her only magazine story being "The Mordant" for Amazing in March 1930. A second tale was published as the first half of The Thought Translator/The Creation (anth 1930 chap), volume 9 in Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series of short volumes focusing on relatively unknown writers. Neither story stands out remarkably, though both are readable. [JC]

Watkins, Clare Vaye

(1984-    ) US academic and author in whose early stories, assembled in Battleborn: Stories (coll 2012), various characters adhere to the Nevada landscape where their destinies generally unfold; autobiographical elements – Watkins is the daughter of Paul Watkins (1950-1990), who was involved in the Manson Family tragedies – surface in some of these tales, which generally permit but do not advocate readings more intense than realist conventions normally permit. Of ...

Futures Past

US historical Semiprozine edited by Jim Emerson, published by Jim Mladenovic from Convoy, Ohio, letter-size format, saddle-stapled. Three issues in 1992 and a fourth in 1994. / This ambitious venture, a contribution to the History of SF subtitled "A Visual Guidebook To Science Fiction History", was sadly soon aborted in its initial form. Each issue, as intended, covered the history of one year in sf, beginning with the year 1926 (taking the launch of Amazing Stories as marking the beginning ...

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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