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Mysor, Fernand

Pseudonym of French songwriter and author Fernand Fricou (1876-1931), who is of sf interest for La Ville assassinée (1925; trans Brian Stableford with other material as The Murdered City 2018), a tale that Equipoisally combines the story of the creation of a philosopher's stone with its use to create an Island Utopia boasting exceedingly high Technology. Unfortunately the Mad Scientist responsible, having proclaimed himself dictator, causes terminal chaos. / Conflicting information ...

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

(1969-    ) US author who has written sf from a Christian point of view (see Religion), as in his major work to date, the Saga of Davi Rhii comprising The Worker Prince (2012), Rivalry on a Sky Course: A Davil Rhii Story (2012 ebook) and The Returning (2013), whose female protagonist vigorously copes with traditional Space Opera trials, but whose faith remains undiminished. Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter: Land of Legends (2013) is an Alternate History tale for younger ...

Welch, Edgar L

(1856/1857-1926) US author who published fiction and nonfiction as by Grip (he is not the UK Grip, an unidentified pseudonym). In 1893 Welch founded a magazine, "Grip's" Valley Gazette, published in Albany, New York, many of whose individual issues were given over to a series of at least twenty "Historical Souvenirs" in which Grip minutely describes various communities in upper New York state. By 1905 or so he became inactive. He is given an entry to distinguish him from the UK figure. [JC]

Harrison, M John

(1945-    ) UK author and rock-climber, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Marina" for Science Fantasy #81 in February 1966 as by John Harrison; he was most closely identified in the 1960s with New Worlds, where he released his first sf story, "Baa Baa Blocksheep", in November 1968, and for which he later wrote some of the best tales using the Jerry Cornelius template, or Icon, from the series created by Michael Moorcock. He also wrote considerable criticism ...

Woods, Olivia

(?   -    ) South-African-born author, in the USA for some years; she is of sf interest for two Ties to the Star Trek universe: Fearful Symmetry (2008) and The Soul Key (2009), both in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Relaunch series. [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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