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Spicer, Arwen

(1975-    ) US academic and author, whose nonfiction work has focused on authors like William Morris and H G Wells, with an emphasis on their approach to what eventually would be known as Ecology. Her sf novel Perdita (2001) explores similar issues in a tale set on the artificially isolated eponymous planet, where pro- and anti-Technology families vie for dominance as the Invention of Matter Transmission device opens doors to the galaxy. In her second novel, The Hour Before ...

Osondu, E C

(?   -    ) Nigerian author, in US from around 2005, most of his work being short fiction, and mostly nonfantastic. He is of sf interest for Alien Stories (coll 2021), where tales of Aliens, sometimes engaged in First Contact, resonate with the issues of colonialism and racism (see Afrofuturism, Imperialism; Race in SF) that have been a primary concern of throughout his career. [JC]

Schenck, Hilbert

(1926-2013) US engineer, university lecturer and author who published his first sf story, "Tomorrow's Weather" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in April 1953, long before he became seriously (though briefly) involved in fiction; much of his nonfiction of the 1950s and 1960s dealt lovingly with the ocean and with oceanological research and exploration technologies. His first two novels are both set in the ocean-girt Cape Cod region of New England, followed suit; they share a ...

Joron, Andrew

(1955-    ) US poet and author, much of whose work is coloured by – or directly engages in – sf, and who began to publish Poetry of specifically genre interest with "The Sonic Flowerfall of Primes" for New Worlds #216, September 1979. Titles of interest include A Measure of Calm (1985 chap) with Robert Frazier, Force Fields (coll 1987 chap), Science Fiction (coll 1993 chap) and Invisible Machines (coll 1994 chap) with Robert Frazier; much of this material is ...

MacColl, Hugh

(1837-1909) Scottish mathematician of some eminence (though forgotten until recently in the UK) and author of Mr Stranger's Sealed Packet (1889), an interplanetary Scientific Romance couched as Children's SF, which describes an Antigravity-powered journey via Spaceship to Mars, and the discovery there of two races of Earth origin, one of which has attained a Utopian ideal (see Life on Other Worlds). Although lacking the depths of Percy Greg's influential Across the Zodiac (1880), the book ...

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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