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Karp, David

(1922-1999) US author whose sf novel One (1953; vt Escape to Nowhere 1955) is a notable Mainstream use of sf modes as a way of expressing Dystopian views about the future. Though distinctly less convincing than such predecessors as Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon (1940) or George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), it does present a salutarily grim and sharply described vision of a totalitarian future America, and of the brutal mind-control that must be imposed if such a state is to ...

Beckett, Bernard

(1967-    ) New Zealand teacher, economist and author for Young Adult readers in whose sf novel, Genesis (2006), is set in a highly ambivalent Utopia called the Republic, founded by a businessman named Plato after World War Three in the Islands of Aotearoa, the name now given to New Zealand. The allegorical implications of the tale, though explicit (the protagonist's name is Anaxaminder, and references and icons from the time of the original Plato proliferate), do not ...

Lloyd, John Uri

(1849-1936) US chemist, author of Etidorhpa, or The End of Earth: The Strange History of a Mysterious Being and the Account of a Remarkable Journey (1895; rev vt 1901) [for full subtitles, which differ, see Checklist], a metaphysical Fantastic Voyage in which the narrator – whose manuscript has been discovered by Lloyd – is led by a blind humanoid named I-Am-The-Man to a Lost World in the interior of the Earth, which he excitedly explores while gaining occult enlightenment into the ...

Rowe, J W

(?   -?   ) US author of The Secret of Stonehenge: A New Thought Story (1913), in which it is discovered that the Lost Race that built Stonehenge boasted both occult powers and high Technology. [JC]

Van der Naillen, A

(1830-1928) Belgian-born occultist and author, in USA most of his life. His Magi sequence beginning with On the Heights of Himalay (1890) is of some sf interest for its attempts to mash together Theosophy, the Secret Masters who promulgate that doctrine and control the world from the eponymous mountains, and an Aztec Lost Race. [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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