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Walker, Jerry

(?   -?   ) US author of the Lawrence Marley Sequence of Near Future thrillers comprising Mission Accomplished: A Novel of 1950 (1947) and A Date with Destiny (1949); Colonel Marley, chief of an American counter-intelligence unit, defends his native land from foreign intrigues as the Cold War begins to intensify and World War Threeseems imminent. [JC]


Ecology is the study of organisms in relation to their environment. It is a relatively new discipline, the first notable work on the subject being Animal Ecology (1927) by Charles Elton (1900-1991), a text which did much to establish ecology as an independent field of study. The complexity of the environmental relationships which determine the success, or even the survival, of populations has been realized only within the last half-century. The same period has seen a dramatic increase in the ...

Freedman, Mitchell J

(1957-    ) US lawyer and author whose Alternate History novel, A Disturbance of Fate (2003), rewrites American history from 1968, the Jonbar Point being the foiling of Sirhan Sirhan's attempt to assassinate Robert F Kennedy, who becomes president (defeating Richard Nixon), ends the Vietnam War, resolves tensions between America and the USSR, and is re-elected. The book is immensely – perhaps excessively – detailed in its depiction of the Utopian world ...

Peel, Charles Victor Alexander

(1869-1931) UK big-game hunter and author, known mostly for martial descriptions of his exploits; of sf interest is The Ideal Island: A Romance (1927), in which a number of nubile young couples establish on an uncharted Island a Utopia one of whose precepts is universal nudity. Peel founded a museum in Oxford to mount his trophies. [JC]

Derrick, Katherine Ross

(?   -?   ) UK author whose only known novel, A Maid from Mars (?1923 chap), describes the experiences of a young female Martian (see Mars) in her attempts to establish a cultural bond with humans. [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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