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Russell, W Clark

(1844-1911) US-born sailor (1858-1866), journalist and author, UK-based from early childhood, most of whose prolific output (something like fifty-seven novels) dealt with sailors and the sea. Of sf interest are The Frozen Pirate (1887 2vols), in which a French pirate, frozen for years in cold climes, is resuscitated briefly from this Suspended Animation and tells the narrator where there is some buried treasure; and ...

Florman, Samuel C

(1925-    ) US civil engineer, who has written competent essays and nonfiction books on his subject of concentration; his one sf novel, The Aftermath (2001), less impressively follows the story of a batch of engineers who survive the Holocaust, founding a town they call Engineering Village in South Africa; and proceed from triumph to triumph. [JC]

Johnston, Paul

(1957-    ) Scottish author, partially resident in Greece, whose noirish Quint Dalrymple sequence – comprising Body Politic (1997), The Bone Yard (1998), Water of Death (1999), The Blood Tree (2000), The House of Dust (2001), Heads or Hearts (2015), Skeleton Blues (2016) and Impolitic Corpses (2019) – is a series of detections set in the ...

Martel, Suzanne

(1924-2012) Canadian author some of whose earlier work, mostly written for Young Adult readers, is sf, including Quatre Montréalais en l'an 3000 (1963; rev vt Surréal 3000 1966; 1963 version trans Norah Smaridge as The City Under Ground 1964), in which Montreal has been transformed into a Keep deep under Mount Royal (see Underground), a ...

Fantasy Times

US Fanzine (1941-1969) edited by James V Taurasi Sr (1917-1991), briefly by Sam Moskowitz during World War Two, Taurasi again, and Frank Prieto Jr from 1966. Published erratically until 1946, Fantasy Times thereafter established itself as a straightforward sf and fantasy newsletter or Newszine containing news, notes and reviews. In 1957 its title changed to Science Fiction Times, and ...

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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