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Rathbone, Julian

(1935-2008) UK author – a great-nephew of the actor Basil Rathbone (1892-1967) – who concentrated almost exclusively on detective and historical fiction, but whose Trajectories (1998) is a movingly deracinated take on the UK of 2035, a Dystopia in which ethnic minorities are oppressed, travel restricted, and all media are under the control of central government (see Media Landscape). That this portrait turns out to be a "fictional" prophecy – written down in 1998 by a dying ...

Pendexter, Hugh

(1875-1940) US author, mainly of Westerns for boys, though his first book, Tiberius Smith: As Chronicled by his Right-Hand Man Billy Campbell (coll of linked stories 1907), assembles a series of tales about Smith, beginning with "A Corner in Jurisdiction" (17 June 1905 Saturday Evening Post). The stories recount his exorbitant adventures as a big game hunter, who utilizes spoof Inventions, and the game of Baseball, to confound natives around the world in his search for exotic animals to sell to ...

Robert A Heinlein Award

Award presented in memory of Robert A Heinlein for "outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings to inspire the human exploration of space", under the auspices of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Award winners are selected by a jury of sf authors; following the initial presentation in 2003 to Michael F Flynn and Virginia Heinlein, all recipients have also been sf authors, with a natural skew towards the creators of Hard SF involving Space Flight. ...

Skillman, Phil

(1845-1922) US attorney and author, who also wrote as by Kettle Kettleson. His only novel, A Living Dead Man; Or, the Strange Case of Moses Scott (October-? 1897 The Albany Law Journal as "A Living Dead Man; Or, the Strange Case of Moses Scott: An Accurate and Faithful Narration of the Complications Caused by a Litigant's Return from the Lethean Shore"; 1897 chap), applies supernatural and sf motifs, seemingly without noticing the distinction, to what might seem primarily an Afterlife fantasy ...

Nichols, Robert [2]

(1919-2010) US poet and author of the Daily Lives in Nghsi-Altai sequence describing in fictionalized terms a pacific, agricultural, myth-driven Utopia, beginning with Red Shift: An Introduction to Nghsi-Altai (1977) with Peter Schumann and ending with Exile: Book IV of Daily Lives in Nghsi-Altai (1978). From the Steam Room: A Satire of Global Perspective on the Financial Ruin of New York (1993) is a Near Future Satire set in a bankrupt New York; the tale is told in a tone of hallucinated ...

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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