Search SFE    Search EoF

  Omit cross-reference entries  

Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

Site updated on 20 June 2022
Sponsor of the day: John W. Knott Bookseller LLCLogo

McQuay, Mike

Working name of US author Michael Dennis McQuay (1949-1995), who began to publish sf with his first novel, Life-Keeper (1980), which very competently presents the kind of scenario he unrelentingly promulgated in book after book: a noir world governed by corrupt forces; a tough, anarchic, street-wise male protagonist whose powers – and virtue – are very exceptional indeed; and a plot which gives plenty of opportunities for arena-like conflicts between that protagonist and the corrupt ...

Sandlin, Tim

(1950-    ) US screenwriter and author, most of whose work travels to comic extremities, though the Satire remains nonfantastic. Of sf interest is Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty (2007), set in Near Future California; it is 2023, and the real Drew Barrymore (1975-    ), who is now governor, becomes involved in a dispute centred on an assisted-living centre, whose aged boomer inhabitants are aggressively insisting on their entitlement to lives within these walls ...

Wyatt, Patrick

Pseudonym of a UK author (?   -    ), possibly female. Wyatt's Irish Rose (1975) is a love story set in a Post-Holocaust world, after the "Pill War" – instigated by the sterility and dying off of almost all white women through their use of a poisonous form of the Pill; a misogynist, homosexual society has grown up in Ireland, but the protagonist, dodging its worst effects, begins to benefit from the development, presumably through a benign mutation (see ...

Lamartine, Alphonse De

(1790-1869) French poet and political thinker who probably did not write in 1843 (as claimed by its publisher) the Future History published in English as Time on My Hands (1848); it depicts a complex and somewhat pixilated pattern of confederacies in Europe, with various scientific achievements to boast of, though not clearly. [JC]

Morgan, J M

Working name of US author Jill Meredith Morgan (1946-    ), most of work has been horror for Young Adult readers as by Morgan Fields, Jill Morgan and Jessica Pierce. The Spider's Child series as by Pierce, beginning with The Spider's Child: Volume 1: Trapped (1994), is an early example of the fruitful fantasy topos in which the protagonist is trapped within a book [for Book and Story see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of sf interest is the Desert Eden ...

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 ...

This website uses cookies.  More information here. Accept Cookies