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Atholl, Justin

Pseudonym of UK journalist and author Thomas Sidney Denham (1906-1968), who wrote nonfiction under his own name. As by Justin Atholl, Denham wrote several very short sf novels, which appeared obscurely but nevertheless are of some interest. Death in the Green Fields (1944 chap) features a death-dealing fungus. Land of Hidden Death (1944 chap) is a Lost-World tale. The Oasis of Sleep (1944 chap) invokes Suspended Animation. The main story in The Grey Beast (coll 1944 chap) features an apeman ...

Lee, Chang-rae

(1965-    ) South Korean-born author, in US from infancy; the complexity of this background is reflected in his first and best-known novel, Native Speaker (1995), and underlies much of his succeeding work, none of it with any fantastic content until On Such a Full Sea (2014), a Dystopia set in a moderately distant Near Future America, in the Ecologically-beleaguered setting known as B-Mor, a Keep-like enclave built on the ruins of Baltimore, Maryland. The residents of B-Mor ...

Huntley, Noel

(?   -    ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond his credit for writing Galactic Plan (1977), a short Space Opera. [JC]

Roddenberry, Gene

(1921-1991) US television scriptwriter, producer, director and creator of Star Trek. Roddenberry began writing in the late 1940s while working as a pilot for a commercial airline. In 1953 he sold his first television script and in 1956 his first that was sf, a genre in which he had not previously been particularly interested. In 1954 he became a full-time television writer. In 1963 he created and produced a series of his own – The Lieutenant – for MGM, and in the same year conceived ...

Robinson, Charles Henry

(1843-1940) US author who served in that country's civil war and later as a member of the Iowa legislature. His novel Longhead: The Story of the First Fire (1913) capably runs the gamut of Prehistoric SF themes from the discovery of fire to the first hints of civilization (see Origin of Man). [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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