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Eagleton, Terry

Working name of UK journalist, critic, literary theorist and author Terence Eagleton (1943-    ), active from the mid-1960s. The combination of an adventurous and contentious Marxism (shaped in part by his long combative association with Raymond Williams), and a sophisticatedly undoctrinaire quasi-Christian theism (which noncombatants might fail to distinguish from deism, even as heated as here) marks him as being not dishonourable of ...

Hale, Katie

(?   -    ) UK poet and author, whose first books were poetry collections beginning with Breaking the Surface (coll 2017 chap). She is of sf interest for her first novel, My Name Is Monster (2019), set in a Near Future England devastated by Climate Change and Pandemic illnesses. The two first-person protagonists describe themselves as ...

Time Abyss

The first recognition of deep Time – the realization of truly awesome timescales – may plausibly be dated to the effective invention of geology by James Hutton (1726-1797), whose intuition that the rocks of our planet "show no vestige of a beginning" inspired in his biographer John Playfair (1748-1819) the response that, on being faced with this insight, "The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time." Certainly deep time is one of ...

Orban, Paul

American artist (1896-1974), born in Hungary, who often signed his work as Orban. After studying at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts from 1913 to 1917, he initially did illustrations for the Chicago Tribune and worked in advertising before moving to Mount Vernon, New York in 1930 to focus on providing a few covers and numerous interior illustrations for a wide range of Pulp magazines, with occasional assignments for more upscale venues like ...

Hemyng, Bracebridge

(1841-1901) UK barrister and author, born Heming, best known in the USA for the Jack Harkaway boys' stories from 1871, plus many other Dime Novels, not all securely attributed to him. His sf novel, The Commune in London, or Thirty Years Hence: A Chapter of Anticipated History (1871 chap), is an anti-Communard version of the 1871 uprising in Paris as translated into a UK already deeply anxious about threatened upheavals 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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