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Cohen, Genghis

(?   -    ) Pseudonym of unidentified US author; the pseudonym is taken from Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), to which Cohen's one fantastic work, The Erotic Spectacles (1971) contains frequent references. The book concerns magical (though laboratory-produced) spectacles which uninhibit those viewed through them. [GS/JC]

Norton, Roy

(1869-1942) US author of many Westerns and some sf, beginning with The Vanishing Fleets (serialized at various dates during 1907 Associated Sunday Magazines; 1908), a Yellow Peril tale in which America is saved by a two scientists – father and daughter – who establish a Pax Aeronautica through the Invention of super "radioplanes" powered by Antigravity, which they also use to shift an invading Japanese armada (and other fleets) to mysterious locations; subsequently, America enforces ...

Hale, John

(1926-    ) UK film director, screenwriter, playwright and author – not to be confused with the historian John Hale, author of Great-Uncle Toby (1951), a Young Adult fantasy – who is of sf interest for The Paradise Man: A Black and White Farce (1969), a Near Future tale in which worldwide Future War is conducted between dominating Black nations and the rest, but according to agreements to maintain the conflict at the level necessary to keep the international ...

Hazlitt, Henry

(1894-1993) US journalist and author, mostly of economic texts and tracts from 1915; in his sf novel, The Great Idea (1951; vt Time Will Run Back 1952; rev vt Time Will Run Back: A Novel About the Rediscovery of Capitalism 1966), the communist Wonworld world of the year 2100, which has dominated the planet for a century, is transformed back into a free-market capitalist society, the agent of change being the dictator's son. In accord with the author's Libertarian credentials, the communism of ...

Szilárd, Leó

(1898-1964) Hungarian-born physicist and author, in the USA from 1937, whose The Voice of the Dolphins and Other Stories (coll 1961) was published late in his celebrated career as a nuclear physicist who had been involved in the creation of the Manhattan Project. Several of these sf stories were written in the 1940s; one of these, "My Trial as a War Criminal" (Fall 1949 University of Chicago Law Review), is an early expression of the deep and often hidden fears of the scientific community about ...

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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