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Due, Tananarive

(1966-    ) US teacher, journalist and author, married to Steven Barnes from 1998; most of her work, like her highly regarded first novel The Between (1995), is fantasy. This may be in part an anti-hegemonic response to the historical dominance of male writers like H P Lovecraft in the creative imagining of the Matter of America in a way that masculinizes Fantastika; it may also reflect a Black American writer's rendering of the experience of being Black in Florida – ...

O'Neil, Henry Nelson

(1817-1880) Russia-born UK painter, musician and author, in the UK from early childhood; his sf novel, Two Thousand Years Hence (1868), comprises a history of the previous two millennia, written by the New Zealand governor of Britain, whose descriptions of Decadence and fit neatly into the New Zealander topos. [JC]


Time Travel need not employ the specific technological focus of a Time Machine. Rather than deal with a machine's theory and construction, or such consequences of its (or a Time Gate's) repeated use as Time Paradoxes, many authors prefer to stipulate a "natural", usually one-off, accident that effects whatever time-transfer the story requires. In this encyclopedia's Terminology, the device is referred to as a timeslip. It is popular – especially in fantasy – for its narrative ...

Bramson, Karen

(1875-1936) Danish playwright and author, in France from about 1914; she is of some sf interest for Dr Morel (1906; trans David Stanley Adler as The Case of Dr Morel 1926), a Feminist involving the very Near Future machinations of the eponymous physician, who commits euthanasia on women he deems unsuitable, in particular a young woman he deems oversensitized by her creative ability. [JC]

Tügel, Ludwig

(1889-1972) German author, in active service during both World War One and World War Two; his literary reputation – never high outside Germany, as his standard-issue heroic eloquence about War did not translate as well as that of his brilliant compatriot Ernst Jünger – sank permanently after 1933, when he joined the National-socialist German Workers' Party. He is of moderate sf interest for Der Wiedergänger (1929; trans Norman Gullick as The Visitant 1931), in which a ...

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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