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Snyder, John

(?   -?   ) US author of an sf Satire, The Wind Trust: A Possible Prophecy (1903 chap), set in a grimly spoofed Near Future where a nefarious cartel, the Instamboul Corporation for the Control of the Wind, attempts to gain monopoly control over the elements – first taking ownership of the wind, then charging a royalty for breathing. As the cartel or trust begins to threaten the world ...

Chester, Deborah A

(1957-    ) US author whose earlier work was written as by Jay D Blakeney or as by Sean Dalton, but who has published under her own name since 1996. Her Anthi sequence – The Children of Anthi (1985) and Requiem for Anthi (1990), written as by Jay D Blakeney – aroused some interest. It is a far-reaching and moderately complex vision of humanity's future Evolution, guided by the eponymous ...

Nevins, Thomas

(?   -    ) US publisher and author, whose The Age of the Conglomerates: A Novel of the Future (2008) is set in a Dystopian Near Future America, in about the year 2050: the land has fallen into the hands of private enterprise; Coots (the elderly) are housed in restrictive Keeps in the American desert; the Chairman of the Conglomerates demands of the ...

Flynn, Tom

(1955-2021) US humanist, journalist who edited Free Inquiry magazine from 2010 until his death, and author whose first story, "Meanwhile on the Planet Vatican" for Free Inquiry in Fall 1999, feeds directly into his Galactic Rapture/Messiah Games sequence opening with the lengthy Galactic Rapture (2000; vt Messiah Games 2018); this first volume was also repackaged with possible revisions as the trio ...

Hawke, Napier

(?   -?   ) UK author of a Future War tale, The Invasion That Did Not Come Off (1909). [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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