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Barre, Daniel

(?   -?   ) Probably pseudonymous UK author of The King's Messenger: A Wonderful Long Complete Story (1915), in which a Lost World, whose giant Black ruler has military ambitions, is discovered through a six-mile tunnel, and its sequel, The Great White Chief: A Powerful Long Romance (1915); the location is Africa, the Lost Race turns out to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel, who are now Moon Worshippers (see Moon); but God – through the agency of the ...

Robinson, W Heath

(1872-1944) UK artist, illustrator and author, brother of the book illustrator Charles Robinson (1870-1937). From 1897 he produced many finely composed, meticulously inked drawings and decorations for illustrated editions of fantasy by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Miguel Cervantes (1547-1616), Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), Edgar Allan Poe, François Rabelais, Walter de la Mare (1873-1956), William Shakespeare and others; this wholly serious work showed the influence of both ...

Kennedy, R A

(?   -?   ) UK author whose first, nonfiction work is Space and Spirit: A Commentary Upon the Work of Sir Oliver Lodge Entitled "Life and Matter" (1909). Much of the speculative content of this essay is carried over into his sf novel, The Triuneverse: A Scientific Romance (1912) as by "The Author of Space and Spirit". This is devoted mostly to conversations on Cosmology conducted sometime in the future, in a manner consistent with early Scientific Romance, between ...

Swallow, James

(1969-    ) UK scriptwriter and author, most of whose books are Ties to various Television series. His first series, however – the Sundowners sequence beginning with Ghost Town (2001) and set in a Steampunk-like mythical West threatened by a supernatural evil from deep Underground – is not tied. Swallow may be best known for his numerous contributions to the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop Wargame, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Blood Angels: Deus Encarmine (2004) in ...

Baker, Eric T

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Uncertainty and the Dread Word Love" for Amazing in October 1993, and whose sf novel, Checkmate (1998), sets a paranoid thriller plot in a Space Opera frame, as a youthful agent aboard a colony ship finds he's being framed by his colleague Cyborgs. [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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