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Wittig, Monique

(1935-2003) French author, in US from 1976, whose first novel with sf interest, Les Guérillères (1969; trans David Le Vay as The Guérillères 1971), transforms the arguments of Feminism into a series of narrative litanies that work movingly to describe an abstract "tribe" of lesbian Amazons in a constant state of warfare with their natural enemy; the novel balances Equipoisally between sf (when its images are taken literally) and poetry. In Virgile, Non (1985; trans ...

Reader, E E

(1847-1930) UK publisher's clerk and author of Priestess and Queen: A Tale of the White Race of Mexico: Being the Adventures of Ignigene and her Twenty-Six Fair Maidens (1899), a Prehistoric SF tale set in Mexico, during the time when a superior white civilization ruled the territory (see Race in SF). [JC]

Owen, Walter

(1884-1953) Scottish translator, poet and author, who published his early poetry privately as by Gauthier de St Ouen, the only title surviving in general catalogues being The Sonnets of G S O: A Memorial (coll 1940); in 1902 he emigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and apart from occasional excursions elsewhere remained there for the rest of his life; he was a Theosophist (see Theosophy). His translations from the Spanish are highly regarded. His World War One novella, The Cross of Carl: An ...

Goldfrap, John Henry

(1879-1917) UK-born US journalist – his family moved to America in 1894 and settled in California – and author of various series of adventures for boys, almost always featuring two or more chums. Goldfrap always wrote under Pseudonyms. His series – only some of sf interest – include the Ocean Wireless Boys; the Boy Aviator Series of Airplane Boys stories, of which one volume, The Boy Aviators in Africa; Or, An Aerial Ivory Trail (1910), is a Lost Race tale involving a ...

Bennett, Margot

(1912-1980) Scottish screenwriter, journalist and author, her first novel being a crime novel, Time to Change Hats (1945); most of her subsequent work, in a subtle and atmospheric style, was in the same genre. A fantasy story, "An Old-Fashioned Poker for My Uncle's Head" (August 1946 Lilliput), was reprinted in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in May 1954. Her first sf novel, The Long Way Back (1954), has become well known. Long after a 1984 nuclear Holocaust has ended European ...

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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