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Morrill, Fred B

(1858-1949) US lawyer and author of a Utopia, Beyond the Horizon (1918), which begins with the depiction of Space Flight to another planet, where a benevolent, weaponless social order based on voluntary agreements among all. [JC]

Wells, Catherine

Working name of US author Catherine Jean Wells Dimenstein (1952-    ) who began publishing sf with the tightly-woven Coconino sequence – comprising The Earth Is All That Lasts (1991), Children of the Earth (1992) and The Earth Saver (1993) – set aeons hence in a Ruined Earth devastated by Climate Change and other Disasters. In the first volume an embittered high-tech woman falls in love with a man from one of the tribes – Wells bases them on Native American ...

Palmer, Dexter

(1974-    ) US author whose first novel, The Dream of Perpetual Motion (2010), a Steampunk tale set in an Alternate World version of America where the protagonist, enduring luxurious imprisonment in a zeppelin floating above a fantasticated City while remembering – in something like a dream state – his beloved Miranda and her father Prospero, the latter in a state of Suspended Animation aboard the flying ship, and a Cyborg Caliban. Meanwhile, the protagonist also ...

Tournier, Michel

(1924-2016) French screenwriter and author, active in French radio and television from 1949, whose first novel – Vendredi, ou les Limbes du Pacifique (1967; trans Norman Denny as Friday; Or, the Other Island 1969; children's version Vendredi, ou la Vie sauvage 1971; trans Ralph Manheim as Friday and Robinson: Life on Speranza Island 1972) – is a Robinsonade in which what would be a career-long focus on Doppelgangers and mirrored realities is articulated through the twinned ...

Conly, Jane Leslie

(1948-    ) US author, daughter of Robert C O'Brien; her first work comprised a two-part continuation of her father's Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) with Rasco and the Rats of NIMH (1986) and R. T., Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH (1991), carrying the story of the race of intelligent, articulate, laboratory rats into new territories: first a rural setting where the rats foil the plans of a developer; then a remote woods, where lost human children are succoured by the ...

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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