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Calhoun, Kenneth

(?   -    ) US academic and author whose first novel, Black Moon (2014), combines, with some Equipoisal grasp, a Near Future Zombie apocalypse setting in an afflicted America, with an almost metafictional contemplation of the effects of sleep deprivation on human beings. The protagonist – one of the few who retains the capacity to sleep after an event of unknown origin and nature has transformed almost all humans into psychotic victims of sleeplessness ...

Robinson, E A

(?   -?   ) US author in whose The Disk: A Tale of Two Passions (1884; vt The Disk: A Prophetic Reflection 1884), with G (George) A Wall, a series of Inventions – optical cables capable of harnessing the Sun's light, imperishable food (see Food Pills), disease-eliminating injections – plays second fiddle to a tale of sexual passions. The inventions are effective. [JC]

Sirota, Mike

(1946-    ) US author, beginning with the Reglathium sequence of Planetary Romances, the first listed being The Prisoner of Reglathium (1978), but with all five volumes published simultaneously, and featuring various adventures across romantic continents: Monsters are encountered, and Underground vistas gape open, but the sequence lacks the narrative strengths of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Sirota's acknowledged model. The protagonist of his second fantasy-like series, the Berbora ...


In sf Terminology, a credit is a unit of Money. Credits are used widely in tales of the future. [PN]

Heymann, Robert

(1879-1946) German playwright, screenwriter, film director and author of a loose series of sf novellas, Wunder der Zukunft: Romane aus dem dritten Jahrtausend ["Wonders of the Future: Novels from the Third Millennium"]. In the second of these, Der rote Komet (1909; trans Bradley Hall as The Red Comet 2013 chap), the famous astronomer Romulus Futurus ("Futurus" being an honorific) has invented (see Inventions) a camera capable of penetrating fog and other obstacles to the truth, and through it ...

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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