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Murray, Andrew Hunter

(1987-    ) UK journalist, podcaster and author, who is of sf interest for his first novel, The Last Day (2020), set in a Near Future world whose rotation has been halted through the gravitational influence of a visiting dwarf Star (see Scientific Errors). London luckily – perhaps because the Prime Meridian runs through its heart? – lies along the strip dividing the half of the planet that is burned by perpetual light from the dark side. Britain's rule over ...

Nicholson, John

Pseudonym of UK cleric and author Norman Howe Parcell (1885-1955), whose sf novel, Space Ship to Venus (1948), carries by Spaceship a crew of adventurers to Venus [see subtitle in Checklist]. Costello, Psychic Investigator (coll 1954), assembles occult fictions [for Occult Detectives see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

Montimore, Margarita

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel of psychic distress and disarray, Asleep from Day (2018), investigates the one-day Amnesia of its protagonist through scenes that bleed into the fantastic (see Fantastika), though without any explicit dissolving of borders. She is of sf interest for her second novel, Oona Out of Order (2020; vt The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart 2020), whose protagonist, every New Year's Day, is Timeslipped into a different year of her ...

Godwin, George Stanley

(1889-1974) UK lawyer and author, in Canada between 1911 and 1916, prophetically lamenting in his first novel, The Eternal Forest Under Western Skies (1929), the failure of Canadian society to merit its occupancy of the land it had been granted; most of his work is nonfiction on various topics. Of sf interest is Empty Victory (1932), in which the UK and France stupidly engage with each other in a 1951 Future War. [JC]

Gerard, Louise

(1878-1970) UK author, almost exclusively of romances, some of them literally bodice-rippers, featuring heroines who are frequently abducted, bound, raped, and who then fall in love with the aristocratic perp; her first novel, The Golden Centipede (1910), features, on the other hand, a dominatrix white queen, a She figure who rules a Lost Race in the heart of darkest Africa. [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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