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Childers, Erskine

(1870-1922) Irish nationalist, military theoretician and author of a Future War novel, The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service Recently Achieved (1903), which describes an exploratory sea journey into the Frisian Islands along the German coast, where the two adventurous protagonists uncover secret plans for a German Invasion of the UK using shallow-draft vessels. The protagonists, who are freelance and superbly endowed with guerrilla skills, were clear models for similar patriots in ...

Waters, Steve

(1965-    ) UK academic and playwright, whose works have been staged since the late 1990s. Of sf interest is The Contingency Plan: On the Beach & Resilience (coll of linked plays 2009); both plays, which were first performed in 2009 in London, are set in a Near Future Britain suffering the consequences of Climate Change, with an emphasis on inundation – Bristol is already underwater. In the first play, a glaciologist returns to Britain to engage in the human ...

Eberhard, Frederick G

(1889-1944) US author of crime thrillers, active in the 1930s; though all of his work is sensationalist, the tale closest to genuine sf is The Microbe Murders (1935), which touches on reanimation and invokes a Drug with strange powers. [JC]

Tsouras, Peter G

(?   -    ) US soldier, intelligence officer and author of Greek descent, most of whose books are nonfictional or lightly fictionalized Alternate Histories with an emphasis on military matters and featuring clearly articulated Jonbar Points, beginning with Gettysburg: An Alternate History (1997), in which a number of military actions are described as having turned out differently, the speculations in this book being narrowly focused. More adventurous are Dixie ...

Burroughs, William S

(1914-1997) US author born into a successful business family, and a Harvard graduate in English literature in 1936, but a deeply transgressive and famous drop-out thereafter. He lived in Mexico, North Africa and the UK, and for many years was a heroin addict. He began writing in the late 1930s, but had no success until the early 1950s when he wrote two confessional books: Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict (1953 as by William Lee; rev as by Burroughs 1977) and Queer: A Novel ...

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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