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Welford, Sue

(1942-    ) UK author, in New Zealand from around 2005, almost all of whose work has been for children or Young Adult readers; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Flight for Freedom" in Fantastic Space Stories (anth 1994) edited by Tony Bradman. Her three series [none are listed below] are the Just George sequence for younger readers, and the Charlie Scroggins sequence and the St Jo's Hospital sequence, both nonfantastic. Some of her individual novels are of sf ...

Moltruhn, Maximilian

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of a Future War novella, The Other Side at the Battle of Dorking [for full title see Checklist] (1871 chap), in which a German participant in the Invasion of the UK tells his story; the tale preserves the main thrust of the Battle of Dorking scenario: the defeat of the unready British. [JC]

Lewis, Sinclair

(1885-1951) US author, highly esteemed in the 1920s and 1930s for such novels as Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922), and first US winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1930; but his reputation had much diminished before his death, and has not recovered. Lewis's first novel, Hike and the Aeroplane (1912) as by Tom Graham, is a juvenile centred on the Invention of a futuristic 200mph (320kph) aircraft. Arrowsmith (1925) may be less sf than fiction about science, contrasting the idealism ...

Moore, Brian

(1921-1999) Irish-born author, in Canada 1948-1959, in the USA from 1959, best known for non-genre works like The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1960); he also published at least seven detective thrillers beginning with Wreath for a Redhead (1951) under his own name and as by Bernard Mara and Michael Bryan. Several of his novels contain strong elements of fantasy, like Fergus (1970) and Cold Heaven (1983), two tales linked by their preoccupation with the dead – dead parents visiting their child; ...

Hayashi, William

(?   -    ) US screenwriter, broadcaster and author who is known in the latter capacity for the Darkside Trilogy beginning with Discovery (2009) which describes the discovery of an African American colony that has been living on the other side of the Moon since before the first official American Moon landing. Part Pariah Elite, part Secret Masters, they have developed advanced science and Technology in secret; and as the series continues – projected to ...

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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