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Sherwood, Martin

(1942-2011) UK author with a PhD in organic chemistry; editor of Chemistry & Industry. His sf novels are Survival (1975) and Maxwell's Demon (1976); in the latter, Aliens invade humans, thus putting them to sleep. [JC]

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities

Performance (2010). Based on Dhalgren (1975; rev 1977; rev 2001) by Samuel R Delany. Adapted and directed by Jay Scheib, featuring Sarita Choudhury, Caleb Hammond, and Mikéah Ernest Jennings. Set by Peter Ksander. Videography by Carrie Mae Weems and Jay Scheib. / Bellona, Destroyer of Cities is a multimedia performance based on Samuel R Delany's mobius-like novel Dhalgren. The performance premiered at The Kitchen, an innovative avante-garde playhouse, in New York City, 1 April 2010. ...

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]

Guthrie, Kenneth Sylvan

(1871-1940) Scottish-born Episcopalian priest, academic, teacher, translator and author, in US from 1913. His sf novel, A Romance of Two Centuries: A Tale of the Year 2025 (1919), takes its Sleeper Awakes protagonist from World War One, where he has been infected with sleeping sickness, to the year 2025, where he is partially cured of his illness, finds himself the heir to a huge but disputed fortune, and spends much of his time touring the new world, discovering Inventions galore, absolute ...

Pendell, Dale

(?   -    ) US author of a Future History, The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse (2010), which begins with Near Future Climate Change accompanied by a worldwide disease that leaves a tiny portion of Homo sapiens alive on the Ruined Earth. California is dominated by a central sea, and after sixteen millennia a complex society familiar to many sf readers – based on a balkanized array of principalities and regions whose Technology remains at a medieval ...

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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