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Clines, Peter

(1969-    ) US screenwriter and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Long, Deep Dream" in Cthulhu Unbound: Vol 2 (anth 2009) edited by Thomas Brannan and John Sunsen, and whose Ex-Heroes sequence beginning with Ex-Heroes (2010) competently exploits Horror in SF topoi as a passel of Superheroes combat a Zombie apocalypse in Near Future California, which is suffering devastation from a planetary plague that has virtually wiped out Homo sapiens. Working ...

Joscelyne, Cyril

(1891-1934) UK author whose sf novel, When Gubbins Ruled (1925 chap), treats the revolutionary Near Future election as premier of the UK of a member of the working class as properly subject to a Satirical approach. [JC]

Moore, David A

(1814-?   ) US author of The Age of Progress: Or, a Panorama of Time, in Four Visions (1856), a composite volume in which essays in Biblical typology are set against assays into Future History: for instance, Part One depicts the world of 3000 CE specifically as Eden reborn. [JC]

Roessner, Michaela

Working name of US author Michaela-Marie Roessner-Herman (1950-    ), whose first novel, the widely admired Walkabout Woman (1988), is a Fantasy interestingly rooted in Australian Aboriginal mythology; she received the John W Campbell Award for that year. Her second novel, Vanishing Point (1993) is, however, sf. Set in California thirty years after the mysterious disappearance of 90% of the human race, and climaxing in the Keep-like Winchester Mystery House in San ...

Bickerton, Derek

(1926-2018) US linguist, Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii; of marginal sf interest, but a cognitively intriguing examination of the problems of Communication between species, King of the Sea (1979), tells of the experiences of a man who lives with dolphins. [JC]

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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