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Bierbower, Austin

(circa 1844-1913) US academic and author whose Prehistoric SF tale, From Monkey to Man, or Society in the Tertiary Age: A Story of the Missing Link [for full title see Checklist] (1894), suggests the Ice Age (see Climate Change) as the effective cause of the Missing Link's expulsion from the Garden of Eden, which is located in the heart of what would become the United States; and that proto-men's struggles with snakes were the reason the Serpent has subsequently been symbolized as Evil (see ...

Thébault, Eugène

(1864-1942) French journalist and author who also wrote as by Paul Zahori. He is of sf interest for Radio-Terreur (23 June 1927-?? 1928 L'Aventure as "Radio-Terreur, grand roman de Mystère"; 1929; trans Fletcher Pratt as "Radio-Terror" June-October 1933 Wonder Stories; 2011), in which a Mad Scientist declares his intention to use his Inventions to bring about the End of the World. The not dissimilar protagonist of Le Soleil Ensorcelé ["The Enchanted Sun"] (1930 magazine appearance ...

Lipsyte, Robert

(1938-    ) US journalist and author, mostly of nonfantastic tales, often with sporting themes; father of Sam Lipsyte. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Redman" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for September 1964, with Thomas Rogers; but only returned to the fantastic with The Twinning Project sequence beginning with "The Twinning Project" (2012), a Young Adult series set in a Space Opera environment, with adventures, Parallel Worlds, Aliens, ...

Wolff, Veronica

(?   -    ) US author of some sf interest for her Highlands sequence of romantic Time Travel tales beginning with Master of the Highlands (2008), whose jaded twentieth-century protagonist discovers a fuller life when she solves the secret of a mysterious Labyrinth which conveys her to the seventeenth century, her true love, and numerous tempests of the spirit and the flesh. None of Wolff's other series [not listed below] are of sf interest. [JC]

Dixon, Charles

UK author, problematically identified as Charles Dixon (1858-1926), an ornithologist of some renown. The sf novel written by him, or by some other Charles Dixon or by an author using this common name as a pseudonym, is Fifteen Hundred Miles an Hour (1895), a boys' tale featuring the interplanetary exploits of some young protagonists who travel to Mars – inhabited by giant Martians – via an electric Spaceship. [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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