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Garbutt, John

(1902-1991) UK author of fiction for boys who also wrote as by John Allen, John Brearley, under which name he wrote some Sexton Blake novels, John Brierly and Clifford Cameron, the Lance Kearney and Jigger Gerrard stories in Modern Wonder as by the latter name being of some interest; he also wrote for Captain Justice. The Night Hawk: A Fight for a Throne (21 February 1931 Nelson Lee Library; 1932 chap) is a typical adventure, featuring the exploits of a Scientist who fights crime with the aid ...

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 ...

Keith, Andrew

(1958-1999) US Games creator and author, brother of William H Keith Jr, with whom he collaborated on the Freedom's Rangers Military SF sequence, beginning with Freedom's Rangers (1989) and ending with Freedom's Rangers: Snow Kill (1991), both writing together as by Keith William Andrews; in each tale, the Rangers intervene through Time Travel in various conflicts, including World War Two and the American revolution, where their Time Police function blossoms into a genuine Changewar, as the ...

de Pierres, Marianne

(1961-    ) Australian author whose Parrish Plessis sequence of Cyberpunk tales, beginning with Nylon Angel (2004), feature a female operative who stirs up trouble in a Near Future noir City in Australia known as the Tert: complications due to Aliens and Genetic Engineering pile up. A similar array of complications enriches the Space Opera setting of the Sentients of Orion sequence beginning with Dark Space (2007), with a planet at threat, living Spaceships piloted by humans ...

Dinosaurs

Our cultural fascination with the great lizards of prehuman Earth has inevitably led to much sf in which – as never in history – humans encounter living dinosaurs. This may take place in Prehistoric SF set in an anachronistic deep past, as in In the Morning of Time (coll of linked stories 1919) by Charles G D Roberts. A modern enclave of surviving dinosaurs is somewhat less risible. This notion is best known from the novel that gave the Lost World subgenre its name, Arthur Conan ...

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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