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Corley, Edwin

(1931-1981) US author who wrote thrillers as by Patrick Buchanan, Will Collins, David Harper and William Judson; his sf is all under his own name. Siege (1969) resembles several other US novels of the period in its depiction of a Black revolution centred – as in John A Williams's Sons of Darkness, Sons of Light (1969) – on New York. The titular scientific phenomenon of The Jesus Factor (1970) inhibits the detonation of nuclear weapons which are in motion (in falling bombs or ...

Sheck, Laurie

(1953-    ) US academic, poet and author, of sf interest primarily for her novel, A Monster's Notes (2009), in which the Frankenstein Monster, having been created – as Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus (1818) states – decades before the publication of the tale, visits Mary Shelley when she is still a small child. The interweaving of their relationship intimately affects the monster's life over the next century or so (he is apparently Immortal), as he ...

Noyes, Ralph

(1923-1998) UK author whose sf novel, A Secret Property (1985), depicts an Invasion of UFOs without great originality. [JC]

Wolf, K J

(?   -    ) US editor and author whose Planet Torn Asunder (2006) is a Planetary Romance set on a nonhuman planet whose two lizard-like civilizations (see Evolution) are engaged in a possibly genocidal conflict. [JC]

Clock, Herbert

(1890-1979) US businessman and author, in active service during World War One, apparently senior collaborator with the lawyer Eric Boetzel (1884-1958), whose role was to cut the manuscript in half, on The Light in the Sky (1929), an sf tale set in the Underground Lost World of Atzlan, extending from Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico. Aztecs had retreated here after the genocidal onslaught of the Spanish and have constructed, over the centuries, a culture dominated by the possession of Immortality, ...

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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