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Tong Enzheng

(1935-1997) Chinese archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, museologist and author, whose twin careers of academia and sf writing occasionally entwined. As a historian he specialized in the ancient history of Sichuan, Tibetan archaeology, and discussion of a "southern Silk Road", from China to India in early times, writing many landmark works in the field, not listed below. His first sf story "Wuman Nian Yiqian de Keren" ["A Guest from 50,000 Years Ago"] (1959 ...

Connolly, Roy

(1893-1966) Australian journalist and author who worked as a political journalist for the Queensland Labor Party's Daily Standard during the 1930s. While in the UK (1931-1934) he collaborated with Frank McIlraith (about whom nothing is known) on a Future War novel, Invasion from the Air: A Prophetic Novel (1934), in which London and other European capitals are destroyed from the air through the use of ...

Porter, Kathy

(?   -    ) US author of Gray/Guardians (2007 pod; rev vt Earth's Ultimate Conflict 2010), the first of the projected Gray/Guardians sequence, set in the Near Future when Earth, vastly suffering from Climate Change, is tempted by two separate Alien civilizations: one promising to evacuate humanity to a safer planet; the other ...

Clark, Phenderson Djèlí

Pseudonym of US author Dexter Gabriel (1971-    ), who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shattering the Spear" in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly for 2011. His work is in general perhaps more usefully thought of as Fantastika rather than pure fantasy, as most of his tales press against and interrogate normal genre boundaries. The Ministry of Alchemy sequence, comprising A Dead Djinn in Cairo (19 May 2016 ...

Yanovsky, V S

(1906-1989) Russian physician and author, in France between 1927 and 1942, when he emigrated to the United States, whose nonfiction deals in popular terms with medical issues. He is of sf interest for No Man's Time (trans Isabelle Levitin and Roger Nyle Parris from Russian ms 1967), which W H Auden, in his introduction, describes through reference to J R R Tolkien's concept of the Secondary World. More precisely, ...

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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