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Kingston, Jeremy

(1931-    ) UK author, mostly of plays. His novel, Love Among the Unicorns (1968), a surreal fantasy with sf elements set in South America, features a Lost World. He should not be confused with the Jeremy Kingston who is a pseudonym of John Gregory Betancourt. [JC]

de Mille, William C

(1878-1955) US playwright, film director and screenwriter, older brother of Cecil B DeMille (1881-1959). (Note that although Cecil compressed his name to DeMille, William did not.) He wrote two plays of sf interest: "Food": A Tragedy of the Future in One Act (performed 1912 as Fifty Years from Now; 1914 chap) with Margaret Scott Oliver, a Satire in which food has become so expensive that a marriage may founder on the husband's jealous destruction of an egg given to his wife by a rich admirer; ...

Debans, Camille

(1833-1910) French journalist and author, some of whose work, little yet translated, is sf. His Future War tale, Les Malheurs de John Bull (1884; trans as John Bull's Downfall 1884; vt John Bull's Misfortunes 1884); new trans Brian Stableford as The Misfortunes of John Bull in coll 2015 [for subtitles and further details see Checklist below], applies Battle of Dorking topoi from an opposing point of view; not only London is invaded, but also Ireland, for the protagonist of the tale, suffering ...

Emerson, Willis George

(1856-1918) US criminal entrepreneur and author, involved in at least one mining fraud and a stock fraud late in life, the latter involving the Emerson Motor Company, whose cars were disguised Fords. Most of his novels were Westerns, whose Lost World novel The Smoky God, or A Voyage to the Inner World (1908; vt as coll, The Smoky God and Other Inner Earth Mysteries 1993) is set in 1829 in a Hollow-Earth Eden on the John Cleves Symmes model, where a scientifically advanced race of long-lived ...

Singh, Vandana

(?1962-    ) Indian-born teacher and author, currently in the USA, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Room on the Roof" in Polyphony (anth 2002) edited by Jay Lake and Deborah Layne, which was followed up by such ambitious work as "Delhi" (in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy, anth 2004, ed Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan), where the titular City is both celebrated and recast in sf terms. With the exception of the two ...

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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