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Perry, Roger

Pseudonym of UK author Roger William Cowern (1928-    ), author of three undemanding Space Operas for Robert Hale Limited: Senior Citizen (1979), The Making of Jason (1980) and Esper's War (1981). [JC]

Hilliard, John Northern

(1873-1935) US reporter, press agent and author, best known for his work on stage magic, including the posthumous Greater Magic (1938); he was probably the ghostwriter of The Art of Magic (1909) as by T Nelson Downs (1867-1938). He is of some sf interest for his collaboration with Grace Sartwell Mason (whom see), The Bear's Claws (1913) [JC]

Payne, Rob

(1973-    ) Canadian-born author, now in Australia, of the How to Save the World sequence, so far comprising How to be a Hero on Earth 5 (2006), a Young Adult sf tale involving Parallel Worlds, and its sequel How to Save the World Again (2007). [JC]

MacKinlay, Sterling

(1876-1952) UK author whose Near Future sf novel, Reparation (1928), is a contribution to the prolonged debate about the treatment of defeated Germany after World War One; reparations begin in 1993. [JC]

Ray, James

Pseudonym of New Zealand-born lexicographer, editor and author Eric Partridge (1894-1979), in Australia from 1907, serving during World War One in the Australian infantry, his combat experiences recast in the nonfantastic tales assembled as Glimpses (coll 1928) as by Corrie Denison; in UK after the war. Under his own name, Partridge was famous as a lexicographer, his best known non-reference titles probably being Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English (1942; rev 1947) and Shakespeare's ...

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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