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Morales, Alejandro

(1944-    ) US academic and author whose Hispanic background is reflected in the language (Spanish) of some of his earlier fiction, and in the overarching focus of all his work, which is the complex interaction amongst peoples – including Native Americans – in Mexico and the American West. Of sf interest is The Rag Doll Plagues (coll of linked stories 1992), featuring three tales about a doctor and a disease that must be comprehended. The third of these is set in ...

Berthoud, S Henry

(1804-1891) French editor, amateur academic and author, active from the early 1820s, who gave his first name as Henry for literary work; his first significant book, Contes misanthropiques ["Misanthropic Tales"] (coll 1831), assembles very early examples of the conte cruel, along with various supernatural fictions, sometimes evocative of the work of E T A Hoffmann. Along with examples of this material, stories of some sf interest are assembled as Martyrs of Science; And Other Victims of Devilry ...

Wardrope, T A

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Upright Gorilla" in Zombie Kong Anthology (anth 2012) edited by James Roy Daley. His first novel, Arcadian Gates (2015), is set in a devastated Near Future Tulsa, Oklahoma, after a mysterious Weapon has caused continent-wide Amnesia and generated a Dystopian world; a mother attempts to recover her daughter. [JC]

Čapek, Karel

(1890-1938) Czech author, born in Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire; Bohemia became the largest region of the newly created country of Czechoslovakia after World War One. His pre-War career, which began in 1908, was almost entirely conducted in collaboration with his older brother Josef Čapek, with whom he remained on exceedingly good terms for the rest of his life; they often published as Bratří Čapkové ["The Brothers Čapek"], and are warmly ...


1. Nickname of airman James Bigglesworth, a character created by W E Johns (whom see) for a lengthy sequence of books and stories published from 1932, beginning with his exploits flying Sopwith Camels in World War One. Biggles's adventures continued through World War Two and well into the post-war era until the author's death in 1968, and after; a final book of uncollected stories appeared in 1999. One novel, Biggles Hits the Trail (1935) is sf, as are several stories in Biggles – Charter ...

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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