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Yelnick, Claude

(1923-    ) French journalist, translator and author, active from the late 1930s, whose L'homme, cette maladie (1954; trans as The Trembling Tower 1956) depicts the inter-dimensional relationship between Earth and another Parallel World via a lighthouse. Among his translated works is Robin Cook's Outbreak (1987; trans as Virus 1988). [JC/DRL]

Torgeson, Roy

(1936-1990) US editor, noted mainly for the competent Chrysalis series of Original Anthologies beginning with Chrysalis (anth 1977) and ending with Chrysalis #10 (anth 1983). A second sequence ran for only two volumes: Other Worlds 1 (anth 1979) and Other Worlds #2 (anth 1980). The 1977 Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine Checklist and Price Guide 1923-1976 (1977 chap) with Howard Frank, whose remit was ambitious, did not continue as perhaps expected. Torgeson's attempts to gain rights to ...

O'Neill, Scott

Pseudonym of Peg O'Neill Scott (1936-    ) for the single sf collection Martian Sexpot (coll of linked stories 1963), a mildly comic romp which as indicated by the title features Sex (or the lure of sex) on Mars. Scott also wrote an unauthorized Tarzan adventure under her and her husband's House Name Barton Werper. [DRL]

Forster, E M

(1879-1970) UK author, perhaps best known for the last two novels published in his lifetime, Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924). The Celestial Omnibus, and Other Stories (coll 1911) assembles several fantasies of interest, usually driven by the presence of deities like Pan or Hermes, fatally etiolated after the Edwardian fashion, though in fact the title novelette,"The Celestial Omnibus" (January 1908 Albany Review), is itself a less demure example of pre-War Fantastika than it ...

Montague, Charles Howard

(1858-1889) US editor, journalist and author whose Two Strokes of the Bell: A Strange Story (1886) deals melodramatically with Amnesia in a supernatural frame. Of more sf interest is The Doctor's Mistake: Or What Myrta Saw: An Experiment with a Life (1888) with Clement Milton Hammond, where a complexly melodramatic plot – at least one Reincarnation seems to occur – boils down to an experiment in Identity Transfer which demonstrates the existence of the soul. [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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