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Ross, Olin J

(1858-1941) US author of The Sky Blue: A Tale of the Iron Horse and of the Coming Civilization (1904), in which, by virtue of railroads (see Transportation), a new civilization is created in the Near Future. [JC]

Atkins, John

(1916-2009) UK teacher and author, who also published under his full name, John Alfred Atkins; he worked for Mass Observation before World War Two. He was literary editor of Tribune before George Orwell, and from March 1944 to 1947 edited The New Saxon Pamphlets #1-#3 (the first containing his short "The Apopleptic Revolution", in which all who permit themselves intemperate fury, from radio announcers to prime ministers, die with a click and an unwinding noise) and The New Saxon Review #4 and ...

Ryman, Ras

Pseudonym of UK author James D Brown (?   -    ) for three Space Operas published by Robert Hale Limited; they are The Quadrant War (1976) – a Space Opera of War between rival interstellar empires – Day of the Ultramind (1977) and Weavers of Death (1981) [JC]

Dubina, Peter

(1940-1990) Czech-born author, in Germany after 1945, who also wrote as by R F Garner and Joh Kirby, concentrating on Westerns for most of his career; of sf interest is Eintscheidung im Weltraum (1973; trans Patricia Crampton as Decision in Space 1976), in which three human Scientists are abducted by a UFO and tricked into believing in the literal reality of their experiences on another planet, where one of them behaves shamefully, risking the genocide of the indigenous population, but is ...

Kent, Brad

A House Name used on four routine sf adventures published by Curtis Warren, three by Denis Hughes and Out of the Silent Places (1952) by Maurice G Hugi. [JC/DRL]

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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