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Pullar, A L

(?   -?   ) Australian author whose Celestalia: A Fantasy, 1975 A D (1933) describes a series of volcanic Disasters that destroys Japan, causing its population to flee to China, and many displaced Chinese to flee south to Australia, which is taken over (see Imperialism; Yellow Peril). A white government of sort survives in Tasmania. In the West, racial conflicts (see Race in SF) shape further destructive wars. [JC]

Sword & Sorcery Annual

US Digest-size reprint magazine. One issue, 1975, published by Ultimate Publishing Co.; edited by Sol Cohen, uncredited. This was issued to capitalize on the sales success of the Conan stories in Fantastic. It reprinted the Conan tale "Queen of the Black Coast" (May 1934 Weird Tales) by Robert E Howard; the others Sword and Sorcery stories from Fantastic 1961-1965. [FHP/MA] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Simmons, Kristen

(?   -    ) US mental health therapist and author for the Young Adult market; her Article 5 sequence, comprising Article 5 (2012), Breaking Point (2013) and Three (2014), is set in a Dystopian Near Future America so devastated by unspecified Disasters that it has become a Ruined Earth, with the privileged confined in Keeps and the outlaws hunted in the wilderness beyond. A rigid Christian fundamentalism (see Religion; Women in SF) governs all behaviour. The ...

Hooker, Ruth

(1920-1998) US author of books for Young Adult readers and younger children, whose Kennaquhair (1976) follows six children who leave a Ruined Earth urban environment and find a pastoral enclave, where a guru named Olmun [ie Old Man] teaches them how to adjust with loving kindness to the new world. [JC]

Arnold, Frank Edward

Working name of UK author Francis Joseph Eric Edward Arnold (1914-1987), active in World War Two; in the 1930s he was an early member of UK Fandom, publishing in Fanzines – including the first two issues of this incarnation of New Worlds – as Francis Arnold. His first professional sale was "City of Machines" in Tales of Wonder for Summer 1939; three further Pulp magazine stories followed in 1941-1954. The first (under his preferred title "The Mad Machines") was assembled with three ...

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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