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Lucas, John

(1966-    ) UK author of Faster Than Life (2002), a spoof Space Opera with clear affinities to the work of Douglas Adams. [JC]

Klass, Judy

(1967-    ) US playwright and author, daughter of occasional sf short story writer Morton Klass (1927-2001), niece of Philip Klass (William Tenn) and sister of David Klass, most of whose work of sf interest has been short stories, of which she has published over twenty since 1995, including "We'll Have Manhattan" (April/May 2004 Asimov's). Her first sf publication was a Tie to the Star Trek universe, Star Trek: The Cry of the Onlies (1989) [JC]

Elliot, John

(1918-1997) UK author, primarily for television, who collaborated with Fred Hoyle on two serials, A for Andromeda and The Andromeda Breakthrough, and the subsequent novelizations under the same titles (1962 and 1964 respectively). He is not to be confused with the John Elliott (note different spelling) who wrote the anti-Chinese/Soviet political thriller Dragon's Feast (1970), itself a work of borderline sf. [JC]

Munro, C K

Pseudonym of UK civil servant (eventually Principal Assistant Secretary at the British Ministry of Labour) and playwright Charles Walden Kirkpatrick MacMullan (1889-1973), whose The Mountain; Or, the Story of Captain Yevan: A Symbolic Drama (1926) combines Utopia and Ruritania in its use of a fictitious City-state in the eastern heart of Europe as an arena for charged, symbolic discourse. [JC]

Van Rjndt, Philippe

Pseudonym of Canadian author Oleg Michaelchuk (1950-    ), who also writes as by Philip Michaels. He is of sf interest for The Trial of Adolf Hitler (1978), an Alternate History tale with Hitler Wins implications, in which Hitler, who had escaped death in World War Two, is brought to trial a quarter of a century later, and reawakens all the old vileness. In Samaritan (1984), a Technothriller, an underlying concern of the previous tale is articulated through a USSR plot to ...

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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