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Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of the Near Future The Battle of Newry; Or, the Result of Thirty Years' Liberal Legislation (1883 chap) where, after the House of Lords is abolished in 1910, the better sort emigrate to America; Ulster and Scotland then revolt in alliance with the threatened monarchy, socialism collapses, and prosperity and social calm reign once more (see Politics). [JC]

O'Connell, Charles C

(?   -    ) Irish author in whose first novel, The Vanishing Island (1957; vt The Vanishing Island: An Irish Entertainment 1958), the mysterious Island of Innishios experiences First Contact through the arrival in a UFO-like Spaceship of an attractive Alien, who introduces the inhabitants to the splendour of the universe, permanently transforming their Perception of reality. [JC]

Hiller, Neil W

(1947-1989) US author of some works of sf interest, all in collaboration with his wife, B B Hiller, who see for details. [JC]

Timescape Books

US sf publishing imprint, issuing both hardcover and paperback, whose logo first appeared in March 1981 and whose last titles were published in 1984. Timescape Books was formed by Simon and Schuster and Pocket Books (owned by the former), for both of whom David G Hartwell had been director of sf, and he was set in charge of the new imprint. It was named after the resonant title of Gregory Benford's successful novel Timescape (1980), which had been published by Simon and Schuster; Benford was ...

Berry, Bryan

(1930-1966) UK author who began to publish stories of sf interest with "Monster from Space" for the UK comic Merry-Go-Round #14 in 1947, and who was thought of as a rising star of UK sf, but who died young. Along with such writers as John Russell Fearn, E C Tubb and Kenneth Bulmer, he contributed many Pulp magazine-style sf novels to obscure paperback houses, beginning with Return to Earth (1951), and most notably with the Venus/Kennet Alternate History trilogy – comprising Resurgent Dust ...

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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