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Sanders, Rob

(?   -    ) UK author of Ties contributed to the Warhammer 40,000 universe, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Redemption Corps (2010); they work within the tradition. [JC]

Toffler, Alvin

(1928-2016) US journalist and author, best known for his speculative nonfiction on Sociology and Futures Studies, at that time better known as Futurology. Future Shock (1970) documents the increasing rate of change in the twentieth century, and speculates on the psychological trauma this may be causing Western civilization. Filmed as Future Shock (1972) with narration by Orson Welles, it has had a great influence in futurology generally, and quite directly on many sf writers – notably ...

Captain Future

US Pulp magazine, 17 issues Winter 1940 to Spring 1944, quarterly (missing Fall 1943). Published by Better Publications; edited by Leo Margulies with Mort Weisinger (1940-1941) and Oscar J Friend (1941-1944). A companion magazine to Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories, Captain Future was an attempt to establish a Space-Opera equivalent to the popular Superhero pulps (Doc Savage magazine and the like). Each issue ran a complete novel about tall, cheerful, red-headed Curt Newton, alias ...

Millership, Richard

(?   -    ) Australian author of Dagger Dark (1997), a Near Future tale set in the decayed New York of 2018, where an almost supernaturally powerful Drug known as Dagger strips its users of their civilized "human" veneer, turning them into mass murderers. [JC]

Robinson, Patrick

(1940-    ) UK journalist and author, in US for many years. He is of some sf interest for his Admiral Morgan sequence of Near Future Technothrillers beginning with Nimitz Class (1997). The tales are centred on the American navy and its institutional allies and foes, as espionage and terrorism threats to America, mostly originating in Iran and/or China, are thwarted time and again. The first volume takes place around 2002, and the series (with some inconsistencies) maintains ...

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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