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Blumberg, Rhoda

(1917-2016) US author of some 25 books of historical nonfiction written for children [not listed below]. Her most notable venture into "non-fact" speculation is the lighthearted The First Travel Guide to the Moon: What to Pack, How to Go, and What to See When You Get There (1980 chap), which assumes commercial Space Flight and space tourism from 1995 onward and is written as though for early twenty-first-century readers planning a vacation on the ...

Živković, Zoran

(1948-    ) Serbian publisher, researcher, translator and author; his 1982 doctoral dissertation for Belgrade University, "The Appearance of Science Fiction as a Genre of Artistic Prose", was published in his Savremenici budućnosti ["Contemporaries of the Future"] (anth 1983), along with some of the stories he discusses. He has translated more than seventy sf books and published more than 200 books under his Polaris imprint, the first privately ...

Trevor, Ralph

Pseudonym of UK author James Reginald Wilmot (1897-1944), active for nine years as a crime novelist before his early death; he also wrote as by Frances Stuart. He is of minor sf interest for The Ghost Counts Ten (1938), a thriller featuring a heat-melting Ray. [JC]

Ship of Fools

A traditional Fantasy theme dating back to medieval times, in which a ship – the Narrenschiff or Ship of Fools – carries all sorts of persons on an endless voyage in search of Utopia, providing an easily visualizable literal vehicle for allegorical Satire on the follies of humanity, the most famous such vehicle probably being "The Ship of Fools" (before 1500) by Hieronymus Bosch ...

Hunter, Duncan

(?   -    ) UK author of A Martian Poet in Siberia (2002), about a human brought up on Mars who dreams of the verdant greenery of Siberia, and travels there. The language of the tale is somewhat congested. [JC]

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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