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Anson, Captain

(1846-1905) UK author, in the Royal Navy 1859-1896. His Future War tale, The Great Anglo-American War of 1900 (1896 chap), warrants modest interest for the worldwide scope of the conflict and for the UK's destruction of San Francisco, which inspires an inventive American response (see Edisonade; Inventions) and the surrender of Canada. For verisimilitude, the tale should perhaps have been set several years further into the future. [JC]

Ray, James

Pseudonym of New Zealand-born lexicographer, editor and author Eric Partridge (1894-1979), in Australia from 1907, serving during World War One in the Australian infantry, his combat experiences recast in the nonfantastic tales assembled as Glimpses (coll 1928) as by Corrie Denison; in UK after the war. Under his own name, Partridge was famous as a lexicographer, his best known non-reference titles probably being Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English (1942; rev 1947) and Shakespeare's ...

Clifton, Mark

(1906-1963) US author, an industrial psychologist for many years until his retirement around 1950 – mostly occupied in personnel work, putting together many thousands of case histories from which he extrapolated conclusions after the fashion of Kinsey and Sheldon. This practical experience, and the slant of mind it fuelled, mark his work as a writer, beginning with his first stories of genre interest, "What Have I Done?" for Astounding in May 1952, and the slightly later "Star, Bright" ...

Oltion, Jerry B

(1957-    ) US author who began publishing sf in November 1982 with "Much Ado About Nothing" for Analog, the journal which published a high proportion of the twenty-five or so stories he wrote in the 1980s, many of which appear in Love Songs of a Mad Scientist: The Collected Stories of Jerry Oltion Volume One (coll 1993). He has remained a prolific short-story writer, but no second volume has appeared; With Stars in Their Eyes (coll 2003) with Adam-Troy Castro contains only ...

Allaby, Michael

(1933-    ) UK author, mostly of nonfiction texts in fields like Ecology; but his The Greening of Mars (1984) with James Lovelock (of Gaia Hypothesis fame), though basically a nonfiction study of how Mars might be settled, is told as a fictionalized narrative whose tone is upliftingly Utopian. [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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