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Seidel, Frederick

(1936-    ) US poet active from the end of the 1950s, his Poetry being highly contentious from the beginning of his career when his first book, Final Solutions (coll 1963 chap), was rejected for publication after winning a YMCA-funded contest judged by Louise Bogan, Stanley Kunitz and Robert Lowell. The three judges resigned in protest; and Seidel's at times scatologically Satirical response to American organized Religion and Politics only grew harsher with time. His verse ...

Royce, E R

(?   -    ) Author, perhaps pseudonymous, of whom nothing is known beyond his author credit for the Curtis Warren sf novel Experiment in Telepathy (1954). In the second edition of this encyclopedia Royce was listed as a pseudonym of Denis Hughes, an attribution which has never been adequately confirmed. [DRL]

Dell, Berenice V

(?   -?   ) US author of one registered book, The Silent Voice (1925), an anti-Feminist Utopia, set four millennia hence, after huge upheavals due to war and other Disasters, America is an Archipelago surrounded by the risen seas. In the south, a land ruled by "mongrel" women (they have interbred with other races; see Race in SF), is contrasted to a western Aryan technocracy who inhabit and manifest True America. Various narratives titillate the contrasts between ...

Carmody, Isobelle

(1958-    ) Australian author of sf for adolescents. Her most successful work – the Obernewtyn Chronicles whose first four volumes are Obernewtyn (1987), The Farseekers (1990), Scatterlings (1991) and Ashling (1995) [see Checklist below] – is set in Post-Holocaust venues; the element of sf in these tales becomes steadily less apparent, as the sequence's young Mutant protagonists gradually develop Psi Powers that – as in much adolescent Fantasy – come ...

Rimel, Duane W

(1915-1996) US poet and author of some short fiction, some of it with H P Lovecraft; his sf novel, Time Swap (1969) as by Rex Weldon, combines Time Travel and Sex. [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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