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Greenleaf, William

(1948-    ) US author, not to be confused with the William Greenleaf (1917-1975) whose works are in the field of economics; Greenleaf began publishing sf with his first novel, Timejumper (1980), an adventure incorporating an unusually subtle presentation of the rite of passage – the empowering journey of the protagonist towards a culture-redeeming Conceptual Breakthrough – central to the sf genre. His further novels share a common galactic background, though it ...

Atwood, Margaret

(1939-    ) Canadian poet and author, some of whose poetry – like Speeches for Doctor Frankenstein (1966 chap) – hints at sf content, but whose interest in the form as a prose writer only became evident (as did her dis-ease at being identified as a writer of sf) with the publication of The Handmaid's Tale (1985), which won the Governor General's Award in Canada and the first Arthur C Clarke Award in 1987 for its 1986 UK release. The 1990 film version (see The ...

Wilson, Jesse

(?   -?   ) UK author of an anti-feminist Satire, When the Women Reign: 1930 (1909), whose protagonist awakes (see Sleeper Awakes) in Near Future 1930, where the disastrous consequences of allowing female suffrage (see Feminism; Women in SF) are all too evident; eventually, the men revolt, and the women, having learned their lesson, return happily to their domestic duties. Though its circulation was limited (the publisher Arthur H Stockwell was a vanity press) the ...

Bettersworth, Alexander Pitts

(1830-1903) US author whose anonymous The Strange Ms by _______ MD (1883) presents a manuscript, seemingly composed in 1881, which predicts a worldwide Disaster in a very Near Future 1884, when a Comet strikes the earth, creating vast fire storms, shifting the world's axis, melting the polar ice, eliminating almost all humans. A few survivors trek north to Canada, where they hope to mate and start civilization off again. [JC]

Gerani, Gary

(?1955-    ) US author of works about Cinema and Television, and also screenwriter, who began publishing in the early 1970s in The Monster Times and similar Media Magazines. His Fantastic Television: A Pictorial History of Sci-Fi, the Unusual and the Fantastic from Captain Video to the Star Trek Phenomenon and Beyond (1977) with Paul H Schulman was the first book to feature episode guides to Fantasy and sf television programmes, previously found only in magazines. Series ...

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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