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Cameron, Ian

Pseudonym of UK author Donald Gordon Payne (1924-2018), who served in World War Two as a Fleet Air Arm pilot. His sf as Cameron includes two Lost Race novels, The Lost Ones (1961; vt The Island at the Top of the World 1968; rev 1974), set in a warm Viking enclave at the North Pole, and The Mountains at the Bottom of the World (1972; vt Devil Country 1976), set in the southern Andes, where a missing link (see Apes as Human; Evolution) is discovered. The former was filmed by Disney as The Island ...

Fullilove, Eric James

(1954-    ) US accountant, business executive and author of the Jenny Sixa sequence of Near Future detective thrillers comprising Circle of One (1996) and The Stranger (1997); the female investigator involved is a Telepath and (as is the author) Black, and is stalked in the second volume. Blowback (2001) pushes the envelope of the Near Future, as a high-level American government agent, who may have augmented senses, tries to prevent a nuclear war; The Zero Day Event (2008) ...

Lambert, Derek

(1929-2001) UK journalist and author who specialized in political thrillers, and, writing as Richard Falkirk, in the nonfantastic Bow Street Runner sequence of proto-policiers set in the early nineteenth century. He is of sf interest for The Memory Man (1979) whose protagonist, after coming to life after death (see Reincarnation), feels he has found a land to explore; and for The Red Dove (1982), a Near Future Technothriller about the defection of a Russian cosmonaut to the United States. ...

Samuel, Horace B

(1883-1950) UK lawyer and author whose Modernities (coll 1913) contains vivid studies of contemporary literary figures; in his sf novel, The Quisto-Box (1925), the consequences of the Invention of a mind-reading Machine are lightly explored: unchecked powers of Telepathy breaks up families, make government impossible, and so forth. [JC]

Gilliatt, Penelope

(1932-1993) UK author best known for her work outside the sf field, including an esteemed screenplay for Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971). Her sf novel, One by One (1965), depicts a Near-Future London hit by a devastating Pandemic. [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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