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Hastings, George Gordon

(?   -?   ) US author whose Sleeper Awakes novel, The First American King (1904), carries two protagonists – the more important being a brilliant inventor – by Suspended Animation to the America of 1975. They find it to be a Ruritanian empire assaulted from within by Federated Nihilists, who eventually take power and establish – in singularly unstrict accordance with their name – a benevolent welfare state. Rather unusually, Hastings ...

Well-Known Author, A

Pseudonym of Wilfrid Keppel Honnywill (1871-1909) for his first novel The Master-Sinner: A Romance (1901), a fantasy of the Afterlife [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] featuring letters from a dead victim of a life of Decadence and depicting Hell as a pleasant place from which it is terrible to be excluded; this story can be read as a Satire of the exploitation of Religion by such popular novelists as Hall Caine and Marie Corelli. The Master-Sinner has been wrongly attributed ...


Monsters have always stalked the hinterlands of the imagination, emblems of fear and symbols of guilt. They commonly take their aspects and roles from the supernatural imagination (see Supernatural Creatures); but the scientific imagination has produced many monsters of its own. The recruitment to the Horror story of monsters spawned by Nature was pioneered by H G Wells's classic alien-Invasion story The War of the Worlds (1897) and by William Hope Hodgson's sea stories. Sf monsters are often ...

Jack Gaughan Award

In full, the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist. Named in honour of artist Jack Gaughan and often referred to simply as the Gaughan Award, this is presented annually by NESFA, the New England Science Fiction Association, to an artist who has achieved professional status within the past five years. The winner is selected by a panel of judges. In practice, the qualification "within the past five years" seems to be applied fairly elastically; Richard Hescox, for example, had been painting ...

Davids, Hollace

(1947-    ) Author with Paul Davids of a set of Young Adult Star Wars Ties (see Star Wars) beginning with Star Wars #1: The Glove of Darth Vader (1992); they also wrote together a Graphic Novel, The Fires of Pele (graph 1986), which purports to contain a lost journal by Mark Twain. [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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