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Williams, Sean

(1967-    ) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Light Bodies Falling" in Aurealis for October 1991, and has since published a number of stories, the balance here, as with his longer work, being some sf but rather more fantasy. This work has been assembled as Doorway to Eternity (coll 1995), A View Before Dying (coll 1998 chap), New Adventures in Sci-Fi (coll 1999) and Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams (coll 2008). Most of his novels have ...

Kahn, Gustave

(1859-1936) French art critic and author, an important member of the Symbolist Movement, his colleagues including Henri de Régnier as well as more famous figures like Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898). His extravagantly couched Symbolist novel, Le Conte de l'Or et du Silence (first six chapters 1896 La Societé Nouvelle; 1898; trans Brian Stableford as The Tale of Gold and Silence 2011) could easily be understood, had it appeared a century later, as a central example of ...

Martin, John S

(1900-1977) US editor – a senior figure in Time magazine from 1924 until after World War Two – and author, whose Near Future sf novel, General Manpower (1938), told as a Future History from a twenty-first-century perspective, depicts a world challenged by General Manpower, a corporation founded to develop J Orestes Jones's Invention of procedures based on strict Eugenics that translate normal people into obedient Supermen. After Jones creates a regimented Utopia in Baja California ...

Dake, Charles Romeyn

(1849-1899) US homeopathic doctor, editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with his first venture into fiction, "The Limits of Imagination" (December 1892 Homeopathic News); his only other short story, also fantastically themed, is "The Death and Regeneration of Gerald Deane" (May 1893 Homeopathic News). His competent Lost-Race novel, A Strange Discovery (1899), is a Sequel by Other Hands to Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838; vt Arthur ...

Tenn, William

Pseudonym of UK-born academic and author Philip Klass (1920-2010), whose American parents brought him to the US in his infancy; some early sketches, later assembled as The Evolution of William Tenn or Myself When Young (coll 1991 chap), first appeared in a New York University magazine during 1939; he taught writing and sf at The Pennsylvania State University between 1966 and 1988. After serving in World War Two, Klass began writing sf as by William Tenn, the name he used for all his fiction, ...

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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