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Gray, Andrew Neil

(1968-    ) Scottish-born teacher and author, in Canada from childhood, the partner of J S Herbison. His early work, including stories assembled as Small Accidents (coll 2001), was nonfantastic; he is of sf interest for The Ghost Line (2017) with J S Herbison, a Space Opera set on a decommissioned Earth-Mars cruise ship, which now contains an Alien being which has become mysteriously co-existent with the Martian Queen, threatening the protagonists' attempts to loot it. ...

Wise, Susannah

(?   -    ) UK actor and author, active in the former capacity from the late 1990s. Her first novel, This Fragile Earth (2021), was inspired, according to Wise, by the death of her father the film director Herbert Wise (1924-2015). In Near Future London living conditions continue to worsen as planetary crises (see Climate Change) proliferate; the protagonist and her young son flee to the country, but no Cosy Catastrophe solace attends this hegira. [JC]

Hatfield, Frank

Pseudonym of US author John Stevens (?   -?   ), whose Lost Race novel, The Realm of Light (1908), is couched in the form of a manuscript left to Stevens by Frank Hatfield; the setting is a high plateau in Africa, where the Zoeians apply advanced Technology to sustain existences so spiritually elevated (see Religion) that Hatfield deems them to be "living exponents" of Christ. [JC]

Porter, Andrew

(1946-    ) US editor and publisher, active in Fandom since the 1960s, who founded and ran the influential Algol, for which he won a 1974 Hugo, as well as its longer-lived companion, Science Fiction Chronicle, a major Newszine which won Hugos as best Semiprozine in 1993 and 1994. Science Fiction Chronicle was eventually acquired by DNA publications in 2000, with Porter continuing as news editor until replaced in 2002. / Porter also published several titles under his ...

Herbert, A P

(1890-1971) UK humorist, author and politician – an Independent MP from 1935 to 1950. He was prolific for 60 years after he began publishing light verse in Punch, some of it fantastic, around 1910. From 1917 his Punch work was signed A.P.H. The Secret Battle (1919) – a nonfantastic novel about the judicial murder by the British army of an officer whose tactical savvy is misinterpreted by his privileged senior – reflected the effect World War One had upon him after three years ...

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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