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McCaffrey, Gigi

Working name of Georgeanne Johnson (1959-    ), US author, daughter of Anne McCaffrey and sister of Todd McCaffrey, who has contributed to her family's creation and prolongation of the complex Pern sequence with Dragon's Code: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern (2018). The story deals with states of internal and external exile suffered by survivors and descendants of the last Invasion of the corrosive, mindlessly destructive spores from space (see Panspermia) known as ...

Barr, John A

(1855-1907) New Zealand solicitor and author who also wrote as by R W Brock and Gilbert Rock; after proving unable to meet his costs on a property development, he left New Zealand, unfortunately for his reputation departing before the transfer of his obligations had been properly established in law. The Crime of the Golden Gully: An Australian Romance (1888) as by Gilbert Rock, an adventure tale centring on the discovery of a gold mine, edges towards the fantastic. Of more sf interest is ...

Telano, Rolf

Pseudonym of US author Ralph Merridette Holland (1899-1962) whose sf novel, the awkwardly fictionalized A Spacewoman Speaks (1960), purports to be a series of elucidatory messages delivered by a wise woman from Venus, during the course of which we learn about UFOs, Reincarnation, Lost Races and worlds Underground. [JC]

Matthews, Clyde

(1917-    ) US author of The Ides of March Conspiracy: The Year the IRS Got What it Deserves (1979), a Near Future Satire in which a Computer expert fights back against the American Internal Revenue Service and its snooping. [JC]

Storey, Anthony

(1928-    ) UK author – born Anthony Story, although he and other family members mostly used the alternative spelling Storey – formerly a rugby player, and brother of the playwright and novelist David Storey (1933-2017). His Satire-drenched Messiah trilogy – comprising The Rector (1970), The Centre Holds (1973) and The Saviour (1978) – deals with the traumas surrounding the announced birth of a child its mother claims to be the Messiah, and the ...

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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