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Lambourne, John

Working name of UK author John Battersby Crompton Lamburn (1893-1972), brother of the author of the Just William children's books, Richmal Crompton (1890-1969). Lambourne's Professor Ellis Lost Race tales – The Kingdom that Was (1931) and its sequel The Second Leopard (1932) – en passant describe in mildly allegorical, subduedly humorous terms how 50,000 years ago (see ...

Gray, Andrew Neil

(1968-    ) Scottish-born teacher and author, in Canada from childhood, the partner of J S Herbison. His early work, including stories assembled as Small Accidents (coll 2001), was nonfantastic; he is of sf interest for The Ghost Line (2017) with J S Herbison, a Space Opera set on a decommissioned Earth-Mars cruise ship, ...

Lee, Thomas

(circa 1830-circa 1904) UK author, active in the late nineteenth century, identified by Darko Suvin in Victorian Science Fiction in the UK (1983) as a North London plasterer and publican, though it seems it may be his son, Henry Lee, who was a plasterer. Lee's sf novel, ...

Gray, John

(1866-1934) UK poet and translator of French Symbolist verse, best known as a member of London's decadent-aesthetic movement of the 1890s, when he was associated with Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) and Oscar Wilde and is a possible candidate for the title character of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (July 1890 Lippincott's Monthly; exp 1891). In Gray's one gently humorous novel, Park: A Fantastic Story ...

Wu Dingbo

(1941-    ) Chinese academic and sf scholar based at the English Department of the Shanghai International Studies University. His PhD in English is from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his dissertation being titled "Utopias by American Women". With Patrick Murphy he edited Science Fiction from China (anth 1989), an important English-language sampler which contains eight Chinese sf stories and a chronological bibliography. He was a ...

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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