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Ward, George Whiteley

(?   -?   ) UK author who published occasionally in English magazines from around 1900; his juvenile tales for Chums, like "The Chessmen of Ghor Khi Laht" (19 January 1924 Chums), are apparently fantastic. He is of sf interest for Drelma: A Tale of the Great Sahara (1908), a Lost Race tale in which ancient Egyptians are discovered in the modern Sahara. [JC]

Angry Red Planet, The

Film (1959; vt Invasion of Mars). American International/Sino Films. Directed by Ib Melchior. Written by Melchior and Sidney W Pink; story by Pink. Cast includes Naura Hayden, Jack Kruschen, Gerald Mohr and Les Tremayne. 83 minutes. Colour. / The first manned expedition to Mars returns to Earth with two crew members dead; a third, Colonel Tom O'Bannion (Mohr) clinging to life while afflicted by a mysterious ailment; and the fourth, Dr Iris Ryan (Hayden), traumatized and suffering from ...

Moran, Richard

(1942-2009) US author whose Near Future Disaster thrillers – beginning with Cold Sea Rising (1986), in which volcanic action melts the Ross Ice Shelf in the Antarctic – usually import Technothriller elements into their storylines, giving room for heroic action which turns the tables. Novels of this sort include Dallas Down (1988) and the Meade sequence comprising The Empire of Ice (1994) and Earth Winter (1995), in which volcanic action has caused Earth temperatures to plummet. ...

Colwall, James

(?   -?   ) UK author, who remains unidentified; it has been suggested that the setting of his Lost Race novel, The Coombsberrow Mystery (1890), on the Welsh border may hint that his surname, which is that of a town in that region, is pseudonymous. The novel unveils an Underground world inhabited by the devolved descendants of Romans (see Devolution). [JC]

Yu, E Lily

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Transfiguration of Maria Luisa Ortega" in The Kenyon Review for Summer 2010, her early fiction in general drawing significant attention, including the 2012 John W Campbell Award for best new writer. Though her work safely resides within the water margins of Fantastika, Yu rarely engages in sf as such, with the exception of some tales like "Local Stop on the Floating Train" (22 December ...

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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