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Stanley, William

(1829-1909) UK engineer and author, often on economic issues; of sf interest is The Case of The. Fox: Being his Prophecies under Hypnotism of the Period Ending A.D. 1950. A Political Utopia (1903). Hypnosis releases the "prophetic mental element" in an impoverished poet, Theodore Fox; the Utopia he describes in a series of visions, with its Federal Europe, electrified cars and Channel Tunnel (see Transportation), and a benign form of Eugenics, has few unusual elements. At the end, perhaps cast ...

Rackham, Martin

(?   -    ) UK author of The Source: Earth Voyage (1997), what may have been intended as the first volume of a series in which Aliens mount an Invasion of Earth in order to gain access to a desperately needed Power Source; but the sequence seems not to have progressed. [JC]

Hersey, Harold

(1893-1956) US editor, publisher, short-story author and poet. A man of great energy and relatively little talent, Hersey edited such sf Pulp magazines as Thrill Book, Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories and Mystery Adventures, though most of his editorial work was not sf-related. His early writing, all negligible, appeared under various pseudonyms; but Night (coll 1923), a Poetry collection, has superb artwork by Elliott Dold, and Pulpwood Editor (1937) is an informative (albeit anecdotal) ...

Untermeyer, Louis

(1885-1977) US author, poet, critic and prolific anthologist. He is of genre interest for his Parody volume Heavens (coll 1922), whose framing device is an Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in which the unnamed protagonist is offered a choice of 976 heavens including a number of "Literary Realms" themed for particular authors. Of the five actually depicted, "The Heaven of Queer Stars" spoofs G K Chesterton, whose Father Brown-like spokesman scores endless ...

Crowley, John

(1942-    ) US teacher and author who has also worked in documentary films and television since 1966. His sf novels have had a considerable impact on the field, and his fantasies have established him as a figure whose work markedly stretches the boundaries of genre literature. / His first novel, The Deep (1975), is set on a flat discworld resting on a pillar that extends beyond measurement into the circumambient galactic Deep, in which very few stars are visible. On this ...

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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