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Restif de la Bretonne

Name by which the French author Nicolas-Anne-Edmé Restif (1734-1806) is usually known, though he sometimes signed his books N A E Restif de la Bretonne; his surname at birth was simply Rétif, without the spoof addition, which was the name of a family field. He was an extremely prolific author, publishing about 250 volumes in all beginning in 1767, including many formless, semi-autobiographical novels often attacked for imputed pornographic content. Of his ...


UK-based website devoted to an interest in the future and the impact of science and technology on the present. The site was founded by Jeremy Lyons. The publisher is Paul Raven and the fiction editor is Christopher East. It has three sections, a blog, with links to items of news elsewhere on the internet; a column about science or sf; and a fiction section. It usually published just one story per month, starting in September 2004 with "Art's Appreciation" by Tom Doyle. The site ceased to ...

Garvin, Richard M

(1934-1980) US author whose main career was in advertising. His two sf novels, both in collaboration with Edmond G Addeo, are The FORTEC Conspiracy (1968) and The Talbott Agreement (1968). In the former, a crashlanded Spaceship with five sick Aliens aboard infects Earth with a deadly disease; the latter novel is borderline sf with espionage elements involving ...

Anson, Captain

(1846-1905) UK author, in the Royal Navy 1859-1896. His Future War tale, The Great Anglo-American War of 1900 (1896 chap), warrants modest interest for the worldwide scope of the conflict and for the UK's destruction of San Francisco, which inspires an inventive American response (see Edisonade; Inventions) and the surrender of Canada. For verisimilitude, the tale should perhaps have been ...

Ofshe, Richard

(1941-    ) US sociologist, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. His Anthology with critical commentary, The Sociology of the Possible (anth 1970) – aimed at students – is probably the best of the several pre-1980 collections designed to show the relevance of sf to Sociology. [PN/DRL]

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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