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Doc Savage

Hero of many pulp-action sf novels first published – usually as by Kenneth Robeson (a House Name most often used by Lester Dent, but see the Robeson entry for other users of this name) – in Doc Savage magazine. A master Scientist, almost superhuman in intelligence and strength, Doc Savage was actually Clark Savage, the "Man of Bronze" – the surname is a Street and Smith homage to Colonel Richard Henry Savage, an early contributor to the firm's journals; the given name is from ...

Stover, Matthew

(1962-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest under his full name Matthew Woodring Stover with the Barra the Pict Fantasy diptych comprising Iron Dawn (1997) and Jericho Moon (1998). Of sf interest is the Acts of Caine sequence opening with Heroes Die (1998), in which a future corporate Dystopian Earth exploits a fantasy Parallel World (see Science and Sorcery) by infiltrating "actors" who are required to play out graphically violent Sword and Sorcery ...

Fujii Taiyō

(1971-    ) Japanese author, largely in the Technothriller mode, who legendarily wrote his first novel on an iPhone while working as a software developer. A graduate of the International Christian University in Tokyo, Fujii became a poster-boy for post-modern media when his self-published debut Gene Mapper – core - (2012 ebook) topped an Amazon best-seller list, and was soon co-opted by the publisher Hayakawa into old-fashioned print – as a sign of the times, ...

Hunter, Duncan

(?   -    ) UK author of A Martian Poet in Siberia (2002), about a human brought up on Mars who dreams of the verdant greenery of Siberia, and travels there. The language of the tale is somewhat congested. [JC]

Pascal, Jacques

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ) of two Near Future erotic novels (see Sex), Virgin's Sacrifice (1980) and Futuresex (1981). [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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