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Underground settings are far from being an exclusively sf theme, having a universal resonance for Homo sapiens, as Kim Stanley Robinson registers in Forty Signs of Rain (2004): "He descended the Metro escalator into the ground. A weird action for a hominid to take.... Following the shaman into the cave. We've never lost any of that". Mysterious regions underground have since the earliest days of Proto SF offered a suitable location for Lost Worlds, Labyrinths and the kind of free-form ...

Manning, Laurence

(1899-1972) Canadian-born author, in the USA from 1920, a founder of the American Interplanetary Society and editor of its journal, Astronautics, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The City of the Living Dead" with Fletcher Pratt for Wonder Stories in May 1930. He is best remembered for his numerous contributions to Wonder Stories and Wonder Stories Quarterly in the 1930s. His best-known series was the Man Who Awoke sequence in Wonder Stories, five stories later published as The ...

Saturn [magazine]

US Digest-size magazine. Published by Robert C Sproul as Candar Publishing Company. Edited by Sproul with editorial consultant Donald A Wollheim, who actually selected the stories and assembled the issues. Five issues March 1957 to March 1958 (but see below for later incarnations). / Considering some of the contributors, there was surprisingly little of interest in the magazine: Harlan Ellison, Damon Knight, Jack Vance and Robert A Heinlein. Their work was clearly bottom-drawer material ...

Tully, John

(1923-    ) UK author of NatFact 7 (1984), a Young Adult tale set in a Near Future Dystopian UK; the eponymous living/manufacturing complex, half Keep half Prison, serves as background for a partially successful revolt led by the young. The eight-volume Starpol set of separately published short stories for younger readers in not listed below. [JC]

Envoy Extraordinary, An

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of King Squash of Toadyland (1890), a Satirical portrait of Britain during the course of which party politics are eliminated and the King deposed, creating something like a Utopia. Any presumption that the tale is set in the Near Future because it is not Queen Victoria who loses the throne perhaps insists too strongly that the tale is meant to be read literally. [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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