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Finney, Charles G

(1905-1984) US newspaperman and author – named after but apparently not related to the famous revivalist minister, Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875) – who spent the years 1927-1929 with the US infantry in Tientsin, China; an oriental influence pervades most of his work. His novels and stories, though Fantasy rather than sf, have been influential throughout the field, especially his famous The Circus of Dr Lao (1935), filmed less than sensitively as 7 Faces of Dr Lao (1964). ...

Gate, The

UK Semiprozine, irregular, three issues, published by Richard Newcombe, W Publishing, Peterborough; #1 (Summer) 1989 in pocketbook format edited by Maureen Porter (with help from the Peterborough Science Fiction Club); subsequent issues, #2 undated (Summer 1990) and #3 December 1990, A4 format, edited by Paul Cox. Besides fiction it ran film reviews by Kim Newman and book reviews by various hands. Despite the obvious efforts that went in to developing this magazine, it failed to make an impact ...

Wheeler, J Craig

(1943-    ) US astronomer, academic and author whose The Krone Experiment (1986) begins as a very Near Future Technothriller but soon expands its narrative grasp as the threat to Earth turns out to be a Black Hole that threatens to devour the planet. The nonfiction Cosmic Catastrophes: Exploding Stars, Black Holes, and Mapping the Universe (2007) is a concisely told but far-ranging exploration of the phenomena designated in the title (see Astronomy). [JC]

Berk, Howard

(1925-2016) US screenwriter and author of several books, including the interesting sf novel The Sun Grows Cold (1971), in which a man whose brain has been tampered with and whose previous life may have been disastrous reawakens (see Sleeper Awakes) in a terrifying Ruined Earth, most of whose inhabitants, who seem insane, lurk Underground, though an unpleasant elite occupies Keeps on the surface. He asks to be restored to his Amnesia. Berk's Television work included scripts for the ...

Marshall, Sidney J

(1866-1942) US author of the self-published The King of Kor; Or, She's Promise Kept: A Continuation of the Great Story of "She," of H Rider Haggard (1903), which as the subtitle indicates is a Sequel by Other Hands to H Rider Haggard's She: A History of Adventure (October 1886-January 1887 The Graphic; cut 1886; full text 1887); the new tale features a Reincarnation of She, who communicates lessons in transcendental philosophy initially by séance. [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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