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Scott, R T M

Form of name used independently by two Canadian authors, father and son, both christened Reginald Thomas Maitland Scott, though the son was usually called Robert and sometimes wrote simply as Maitland Scott. Scott Senior (1882-1966) had been a much-travelled marine engineer and subsequent soldier during World War One, with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, before settling in the USA and turning to writing. His first story, "Such Bluff as Dreams Are Made Of" (April 1920 Adventure) introduced the ...

Gunn, Eileen

(1945-    ) US editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What Are Friends For?" for Amazing in November 1978, though most of her work of interest dates from at least a decade later; the work assembled in Stable Strategies and Others (coll 2004) is mostly contemporary with or later than "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" (June 1988 Asimov's), while Questionable Practices (coll 2014) assembles later work. The first volume is appositely ...

Space Flight

Flight into space is the classic theme in sf. The lunar romances of Francis Godwin, Cyrano de Bergerac et al. are the works most commonly and readily identified as Proto SF. In modern times, as Genre SF spilled out of print into the Cinema, Radio and Television, many of the archetypal works produced for these media were romances of space travel. Flight into space provides the stirring climax of the film Things to Come (1936) and the subject-matter of such Spacesuit Films as Destination Moon ...

Bridgman-Metchim, D

(?   -?   ) UK author who wrote poetry, including Wild West Poems (coll 1892) as B Metchim. Atlantis: The Book of the Angels (1900), a tale not perhaps consciously Equipoisal in a contemporary sense, but noted for its flamboyant intermixing fantasy, including the eponymous angels, and sf. The setting is Atlantis, threatened on all sides by Monsters out of the Prehistoric SF repertoire, along with unfettered Sex; it sinks. [JC]

Beliaev, Alexander

(1884-?1942) Russian author whose surname has been variously transliterated; further spellings include Beliayev, Belyaev and Belyayev. His death-date is likewise insecure: he died during the German occupation of the city of Pushkin and, while his body was discovered in January 1942, it is possible that he died in late 1941. As one of the originators of the sf genre in Soviet literature, Beliaev's Wells- and Verne-influenced writings dominated the field between the wars, providing models for ...

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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