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Arthur C Clarke Award

This award has been given since 1987 for the best sf novel whose UK first edition was published during the previous calendar year, and consists of an inscribed bookend and a sum of money from a grant initially donated by Arthur C Clarke. In 2001 the prize money – until then a constant £1000 – was increased to £2001 as a gesture to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); it has since risen by ...

Holmes, Bruce T

(1946-    ) US singer/songwriter and author whose sf novel, Anvil of the Heart (1983), presents with some poignance one of the potential nightmares attendant upon the successful Genetic Engineering of the human species: the slow death of the last pre-altered humans as their children confront (and incomprehensibly transform) a new world. [JC]

Ingersoll, Ernest

(1852-1946) US naturalist, journalist – his column, The Natural History Club, appeared weekly from 1900 to 1938 – and author of much nonfiction, plus An Island in the Air: A Story of Singular Adventures in the Mesa Country (1905) a Lost World tale, the Island in question being an enclave hidden on the flat top of a mesa. [JC]

McDermot, Murtagh

Pseudonym of an unidentified UK or Irish author (?   -?   ) whose satirical Moon-voyage novel, A Trip to the Moon (1727 chap) [for subtitle see Checklist], describes various remarkable sights and beings, initially in the Fantastic Voyage mode of Jonathan Swift, as "McDermot" takes ship to Tenerife before undergoing his abrupt transit into space; the ...

Michelmore, Reg

(?   -?   ). US author of whom nothing is known beyond An Adventure in Venus (1929 chap) illustrated by Frank R Paul, a clumsy Space Opera tale published by Hugo Gernsback in his Science Fiction Series. [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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