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Belden, David

(1949-    ) Swiss-born UK author, in the USA from 1982 for many years, but later again resident in the UK; his Galactic Collectivity sequence – Children of Arable (1986) and To Warm the Earth (1988) – depicts with clearly felt didactic urgency a Far-Future Earth trapped in sterile stasis, with a stagnant galactic civilization impotently observing the dying of the mother planet, though the protagonist of the first volume engineers a birth, which is intended to ...

Stewart, Fred Mustard

(1932-2007) US author who specialized in psychological Horror novels at the edge of sf and/or fantasy, like The Mephisto Waltz (1969), a story of supernatural Identity Exchange which was filmed as The Mephisto Waltz (1971). Star Child (1974), about an Alien in the Near Future, and The Methuselah Enzyme (1970), about a rejuvenation Drug which promises Immortality, are sf. [JC]

Murray, Jacqueline

(?   -    ) UK author of Daughter of Atlantis (1958), describing the life of the daughter of the ruler of Atlantis; she is a Telepath and a healer, and performs good deeds ceaselessly; but soon the time will come when, burdened by the sins of its populace, the Island will sink. [JC]

Calverton, V F

Pseudonym of US author George Goetz (1900-1940), who also signed himself more fully Victor Francis Calverton, and who was, as an interbellum American radical and founder of the Modern Quarterly in 1923, a significant contributor to debates on sex, literature and politics; he was notorious for espousing bohemian values; alcoholism killed him young. Among his voluminous writings is an sf novel, The Man Inside: Being the Record of the Strange Adventures of Allen Steele Among the Xulus (1936), ...

Edwards, James

(?   -?   ) US author of John Bull, Uncle Sam and Johnny Crapaud (1884), a Lost World tale set in East Africa, where survivors of a shipwreck stumble into an unknown land once inhabited by a race now entirely vanished, and now occupied by Americans from Virginia, who have established a Utopia there. Edwards may have been a professor at a college which has not been identified. [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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