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Forester, C S

Pseudonym – which he sometimes wrote out in full as Cecil Scott Forester – of Egyptian-born UK author Cecil Lewis Troughton Smith (1899-1966), mostly in the USA from the mid-1940s. He is very much better known for his work outside the sf field, which includes The African Queen (1935) and the twelve Horatio Hornblower naval-adventure books, mostly set during the Napoleonic Wars with the total period covered being 1794-1823: the first published though not the first by internal ...

Allington, Patrick

(?   -    ) Australian journalist and author whose first novel, the nonfantastic Figurehead (2009), is a political thriller whose narrative develops the implications of the Pol Pot massacres in Cambodia from 1975. He is of sf interest for his second novel, Rise & Shine (2020), set in an abstract, desiccated Near Future world where, after catastrophic Ecological collapse (see Climate Change), only a rump of humanity remains alive, housed in the two ...

Roemer, Kenneth M

(1945-    ) US academic and author whose works of sf interest have focused on Utopias, beginning with The Obsolete Necessity: America in Utopian Writings, 1888-1900 (1976), which remains perhaps the most sophisticated reading of utopian literature in America in the decade after the publication of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, 2000-1887 (1888). the essays in America as Utopia (coll 1980) examine widely divergent authors, a gamut running from B F Skinner to Kurt Vonnegut. ...

Pelton, Guy Cathcart

(1887-1965) Canadian-born author, in the US from 1923; his sf novella, An Atomic Visitor (1946 chap), is about an Alien from Venus who comes to Earth, and leaves. [JC]

Ballou, Arthur

(1915-1981) US business consultant and author of two Young Adult sf novels: Marooned in Orbit (1968), which features a mission to save a disabled spaceship in lunar orbit; and Bound for Mars (1970), featuring some of the same characters as the previous novel, about a space mission endangered by one of its crew after its leaves a Space Station en route to Mars. [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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