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Post, Melville Davisson

(1869-1930) US author of much popular short crime fiction, the Uncle Abner and the Randolph Mason stories being perhaps best known; the legal conundrums Mason exploits in order to defend clients are not, however, literally fantastic. Of sf interest is The Revolt of the Birds (1927), an exceedingly atmospheric tale that climaxes in an Island overrun by almost certainly Mutant insects who breed after an industrial farmer attempts to exterminate the bird population; two human lovers are rescued, ...

Kaye, Terry

Collaborative pseudonym of Brian Hannant, Terry Hayes and George Miller. This was used only for Mad Max (1979; vt Mad Max 1 1985), which novelizes Miller's Post-Holocaust film Mad Max (1979). [JC/DRL]

Pérochon, Ernest

(1885-1942) French author who served at the beginning of World War One before suffering a heart attack and being invalided out; most of his work was nonfantastic; he won the Prix Goncourt in 1920. His sf novel, Les Hommes Frénétiques (1925; trans Brian Stableford as The Frenetic People 2012), describes a Utopian Western world which after a century or so of worldwide peace has suddenly broken into a conflict that evokes 1914-1918 in its self-destructive fury, a Future War that ...

Van Greenaway, Peter

Almost certainly the working name of UK lawyer, actor, scriptwriter and author Arthur Greenaway (1927-1988), according to information obtained by Steve Holland; he focused on fiction from about 1960. Though he never became known as a genre writer, much of his work was sf (see Horror in SF), including his first novel, The Crucified City (1962), a Post-Holocaust story set in a devastated London after a nuclear bomb has been dropped, and his second, The Evening Fool (1964), which carries its ...

Ma Jian

(1953-    ) Chinese-born painter, photographer and author, in Britain since 1999 and naturalized as a British subject, whose anti-Communist writings made him persona non grata in his native land. His exile status has not only conferred upon him an international celebrity, but also a removal from the traditional chronology of bibliography, with some of his books appearing first in translation, preceding the publication of the original texts in Chinese. Banned in mainland ...

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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