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Gerrare, Wirt

Pseudonym of UK weapons expert, journalist and author William Oliver Greener (1862-1935) for most of his work, both fiction and nonfiction, though at least one thriller appeared under his real name. His first novel of genre interest, Rufin's Legacy: A Theosophical Romance (1892), features a Russian female spy who uses her astral body nefariously; Phantasms: Original Stories Illustrating Posthumous Personality and Character (coll 1895) assembles fantasies about an Occult Detective [see The ...


It is easy to concur with the adage that California was not so much discovered as invented: that California is, therefore, pure sf. Certainly, with the possible exception of the legend of El Dorado, there is little before 1800 that provides grist for the imagination, or adumbrates the state to come; the City of Gold itself was usually located deep in Latin America, as numerous Lost World novels continued to attest for a century or more. The first significant fantastic use of California may be ...

Arrow, William

A House Name used by Ballantine Books for the Return to the Planet of the Apes Ties, based not on the Planet of the Apes films but on the later animated Television series. William Rotsler wrote #1 Visions from Nowhere (1976) and #3 Man, the Hunted Animal (1976); Donald J Pfeil wrote #2, Escape from Terror Lagoon (1976). [DRL]

Morgan, Chris

(1946-    ) UK editor, critic and author who after several appearances in the Amateur Magazines SFinx (from 1969) and Macrocosm (in 1972) began to publish sf professionally with "Clown Fish and Anemone" for Science Fiction Monthly in April 1975. His fiction is generally unexceptional, though some stories – such as "Losing Control" (in Other Edens III, anth 1989, ed Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock), about the crew of a crashed Starship who survive by means of ...

Hogan, Chuck

(1967-    ) US author of several novels, including The Blood Artists (1998), a Near Future medical Technothriller featuring the coming to consciousness within human bodies of a terrifying new virus. The Strain sequence beginning with The Strain (2009) with Guillermo Del Toro is supernatural horror. [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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