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Evans, Arthur B

(1948-    ) US academic and critic, professor of French in the modern languages department at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana; also known as Art Evans. He has written extensively and illuminatingly about Jules Verne in Jules Verne Rediscovered: Didacticism and the Scientific Novel (1988) – which won the Eaton Award – and in shorter essays for ...

Burnaby, Fred

(1842-1885) UK soldier, traveller and author, almost exclusively of travel books retailing his own exploits in Turkey, Russia and elsewhere; his sf novel, Our Radicals: A Tale of Love and Politics (1886 2vols), was posthumous. He was co-founder of the magazine Vanity Fair, and his life and opinions combined broad hints of Decadence and a flamboyant high toryism. All of this is reflected in his one work of fiction, a ...

Clarke, Jeremy

Pseudonym of Canadian singer, journalist and author Jeremy Samuel Gluck (1958-    ), in UK from early adulthood; he has also written as by Ralph Traitor. He is of sf interest for the SKULL sequence of Near Future Satires comprising Necrotrivia vs SKULL (1989) and God Is Love: (Get It In Writing) (1990), set in an America overwhelmed by a self-created ...

Langley, Kenlis

Working name of Indian-born soldier and author Kenlis Langley Stevenson (1875-1946), in UK from an early age, in Canada from some point after World War One; his juvenile novel (see Children's SF), The Mountain of Mystery: A Tale of the Arabian Desert (1929), is set in a Lost World discovered by boy adventurers in North Africa. [JC]

Sociology

Sociology is the systematic study of society and social relationships. The word was coined by Auguste Comte (1798-1857) in the mid-nineteenth century, and it was then that the first attempts were made to divorce studies of society employing the scientific method, on the one hand, from dogmatic political and ethical presuppositions, on the other. Social studies in a more general sense have, of course, a much longer history, going back to Plato. Sociology and sf have a ...

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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