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Busby, F M

(1921-2005) US communications engineer, long-time sf fan (from 1950) and author; co-editor with his wife Elinor Busby of the 1950s-1960s Fanzine Cry of the Nameless (see Cry), which won a Hugo award in 1960, producing some of this early work as by Renfrew Pemberton. He began publishing sf stories with "A Gun for Grandfather" for Future Science Fiction in Fall 1957 – a story which appears in Getting Home (coll 1987) – but he did not become active until the early 1970s. He attended ...

Corelli, Marie

Pseudonym of UK author Mary Mackay (1855-1924); her name was long in doubt, as she was secretive about her birth, which was illegitimate. She wrote extremely popular bestsellers (selling, in her prime, 100,000-copy editions), although her first novel, A Romance of Two Worlds (1886 2vols; rev 1887) – in which interstellar travel is accomplished at about the turn of the century, through "personal electricity" – and its sequel, "Ardath": The Story of a Dead Self (1889 3vols), were only ...

Key, David

(?   -    ) US author of an sf novel, The SEX Machine (1968), in which Sex and Android themes are matched together. [JC]

Vaughan, Herbert M

(1870-1948) Welsh local historian, bibliographer and author, administratively involved in World War One though not in active service. He is of sf interest primarily for two novels. Meleager: A Fantasy (1916) is set on a miniature version of Earth and the Solar System (see Great and Small), where a Eugenic Dystopia ensures the death of defective children, and women have no rights (see Women in SF). The Dial of Ahaz (1917) posits a universe full of versions of Earth, each of which varies ...

Maxxe, Robert

Pseudonym of US author Robert Rosenblum (1938-    ), who also writes as Nicholas Conde (his thrillers under this name are nonfantastic), Joanna Kingsley, Jeanne Day Lord, Jessica March and Anjelica Moon. In his sf novel, Arcade (1984), Alien forces attempt to influence humanity by infiltrating themselves into Videogame. [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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