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Smith, Phil

(?   -    ) UK illustrator and author; of his three sf novels, The Incredible Melting Man (1978) is a Tie to The Incredible Melting Man (1978); The Resurrection Machine (1978) and The Saxonbury Printout (1979) both play with cosmic themes: resurrection and time-space confusions. [JC]

Deegan, Jon J

A House Name created by Gordon Landsborough, editor of Authentic Science Fiction, and used perhaps exclusively by UK author Robert George Sharp for material published in that journal, which for some time early in its run filled each issue with one long story (in this encyclopedia, one-story issues are treated as books). The Old Growler space exploration series, beginning with Reconnoitre Krellig II (1951), was signed as by Deegan, and various sequels (all written by Sharp) were published, ...

Ryan, Carrie

(1978-    ) US author of a Young Adult Dystopian sequence – the Forest of Hands and Teeth series comprising The Forest of Hands and Teeth (2009), The Dead-Tossed Waves (2010) and The Dark and Hollow Places (2011) – set initially, some generations after a civilization-destroying Disaster, in a Keep-like fortified village governed by restrictive elders, but moving into a wider Ruined Earth world devastated by hordes of Zombies. [JC]

Rathbone, St George Henry

(1854-1938) US author, often of Dime Novels under many names, including Phil and His Torpedo Boat; Or, a Terrible Cruise under the Ocean (1890) as Harry St George, in which a maelström drags young Phil and his ship down into Underground caverns full of Monsters; they debouch at the North Pole, which is clement and islanded. Rathbone then published under his own name A Goddess of Africa: A Story of the Golden Fleece (1897), whose multiple protagonists (after the Jules Verne model) search ...

Oliver, Owen

Pseudonym of UK civil servant and author Joshua Albert Flynn (1863-1933), active in various genres, publishing prolifically in magazines, always as by Owen Oliver, from before the end of the nineteenth century; his books, including at least two novels, were nonfantastic. During his lifetime, his work of genre interest was published solely in magazines, the first of these perhaps being "The Man Who Could Not Forget" (10 October 1902 The London Magazine); many later tales appeared in The Yellow ...

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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