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Coury, Phil

(?   -    ) US corporate executive who trained at US Air Force technical schools and served in the USAF during World War Two. His sf novel Anno Domini 2000 (1959) features a future socialist America (see Politics); the plot involves a Senate campaign in which the hero plumps for an alternative course. [JC/DRL]

Lake, David J

(1929-2016) Indian-born UK academic and author who emigrated to Australia in 1967; his education (a Jesuit school in India, a BA in English at Cambridge, a diploma in linguistics and a PhD in English) is reflected in the texture of his sf work, as is his teaching in Vietnam, Thailand and India (1959-1967). After several works of criticism, including the strongly argued, somewhat controversial The Canon of Thomas Middleton's Plays (1975) and a volume of poetry, Hornpipes and Funerals (coll ...

Le Queux, William

(1864-1927) UK journalist and author (his father was French), active contributor to newspapers from the mid-1880s, and author of over 200 books in a variety of genres. Most of his most popular works were espionage thrillers in the vein of E Phillips Oppenheim – a notorious confabulator, he claimed, unconvincingly, to be a spy himself – and detective novels, often with oriental colouring, beginning with Guilty Bonds (1890), about Russian nihilists. He wrote several Lost Race titles ...

Pendleton, John

(1848-?1926) UK journalist, railway historian and author of a Lost Race novel, The Ivory Queen: A Story of Strange Adventure (1897), set in Africa, where survivors of the fall of the Palmyrene Empire of Queen Zenobia (240-circa 274) have fled, and whose descendants have established an agrarian Utopia. [JC]

Hope, Christopher

(1944-    ) South African poet and author, active from around 1970; in UK and France from 1975. He is of sf interest primarily for his Satirical portrayals of South Africa, a land riven from his point of view by aspirations and betrayals. His first novel, the nonfantastic A Separate Development (1980), anatomizes the post-Apartheid world through the picaresque life of its troubled protagonist. His second novel, Kruger's Alp (1984), depicts a Near Future Dystopian South ...

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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