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Nichol, C A Scrymsour

(1830-1916) UK author, mother-in-law of Ella Scrymsour; her sf novel, The Mystery of the North Pole (1908), is a Lost Race tale in which a Utopia founded by ancient Israelites is discovered in the Arctic. [JC]

Nisbet, Helen C

(1934-    ) Scottish author who studied geology at the University of Glasgow, receiving a BSc degree in 1959; subsequently a museum worker and field archaeologist (now retired). Her one novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Raven's Beak (1981). More recently she has published non-genre work as Eilidh Nisbet, the nickname by which she now prefers to be known. [DRL]

Thomson, David

(1941-    ) UK author, in the US from 1975; best known for his nonfiction studies of film, including the well-known A Biographical Dictionary of the Cinema (1975), which has been expanded several times; he has also written critical works on film noir, including America in the Dark: Hollywood and the Gift of Unreality (1977) and Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts (1997). A similar focus is reflected in his fiction. His three novels of some sf interest ...

Kon Satoshi

(1963-2010) Japanese Manga artist and Anime director whose brief career produced several landmark works questioning human Perception of reality (see also Metaphysics). Kon became an art assistant to Katsuhiro Ōtomo while still a student at Musashino Arts University, and was acclaimed for his early manga work Toriko ["Captive"] (1984 Young Magazine). He collaborated closely with Ōtomo after the latter's success with Akira (1988), working on the clutter and kipple of set backgrounds in ...

Madách, Imre

(1823-1864) Hungarian playwright and parliamentarian, chiefly known for his verse play Az ember tragédiája (1861; trans Charles Henry Meltzer and Paul Vajdatrans as The Tragedy of Man: A Dramatic Poem in Fifteen Scenes 1933 Hungary; preferred trans George Szirtes 1988 Hungary). This philosophical, rather pessimistic fantasy about the destiny of mankind focuses on Adam (an optimist) and Eve (see Adam and Eve), and Lucifer (a materialist), who reappear in each scene in different ...

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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