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Baker, Frank

(1908-1983) UK actor, Television scriptwriter and author whose work is generally and correctly thought of in terms of fantasy and horror, though his second novel, The Birds (1936; rev 1964; rev 2013), is very clearly Equipoisal between Scientific Romance and Supernatural Fiction [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In the very Near Future – the book's dustwrapper describes the main events as beginning, very soon after publication, in August 1936 – huge swarms of ...

Dow, Alechia

(?   -    ) US author whose loose Young Adult Sound of Stars sequence beginning with The Sound of Stars (2020) is set in a Near Future world devastated by an accidental War between Homo sapiens and the Alien Ilori, whose Post-Holocaust Invasion of Earth has resulted in a coercive peace. The Ilori do not understand the Evolution-sanctioned emotionality of humans, and their rule is therefore insensitive. The two protagonists, a highly strung girl and a ...

Grant, Maxwell

A Street & Smith House Name under which Walter B Gibson (whom see for details) wrote some 300 novels, 282 of them about The Shadow. He was followed by Dennis Lynds (whom also see). [JC]

Chambers, Whitman

(1896-1968) US screenwriter and author, active from about 1923, most of whose novels were Westerns or detective fiction; his Near Future sf tract, Invasion! (1943), is a Yellow Peril tale set in a World War Two Los Angeles (see California) invaded (see Invasion) by a Japanese expeditionary force which destroys the City; the tone, even for 1943, is hysterically racist, as the well-known cover illustration – featuring rabid Japanese soldiers about to rape white American women in the ruined ...

Antill, Keith

(1929-1999) Australian broadcaster and author in whose sf novel, Moon in the Ground (1979), an unpleasant American military intelligence unit battles to extract an Alien AI from Australian territory. The Australians (and the Russians) resist. [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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