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Mottram, R H

(1883-1971) UK banker and author who published in 1907 and later some very early poetry as by J Marjoram, but who effectively began his long and prolific writing career with the famous Spanish Farm trilogy beginning with The Spanish Farm (1924), a fictionalized chronicle of his World War One experiences upon which his reputation stands, though all his work shows the profound effect on him of four years of service. Some of his later works are fantasy, including The Old Man of the Stones: A ...

Bradley, James

(1967-    ) Australian critic and author, partner of Mardi McConnochie; his first novel Wrack (1997), though not literally fantastic, creates in mythopoeic terms aspects of an Australian Myth of Origin [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] by invoking the unconfirmed but hauntingly attractive story of the wreck of The Mahoganny Ship, a supposed Portuguese vessel whose visit to the continent dates from a century or so earlier than any known White incursion. His ...

Howard, Hayden

(1925-2014) US author who began publishing sf with "It" for Planet Stories in January 1952, followed by eighteen further magazine stories with the last appearing in 1971. His one sf novel, The Eskimo Invasion (stories April 1965-April 1967 Galaxy; fixup 1967), set rather unusually in Canada, comprises a speculative view of Overpopulation problems conveyed through an episodic tale based on seven stories published in Galaxy, beginning with "Death and Birth of the Angakok" (April 1965 Galaxy) and ...

Titanic

The loss on 15 April 1912 of RMS Titanic – at that time the largest passenger liner in existence – following its 14 April collision with an iceberg and the discovery of a serious lifeboat shortage, is an early and still very well remembered twentieth-century Icon of Disaster. Though direct relevance to sf is marginal, it is notable that four sf authors given entries in this book died in the shipwreck: John Jacob Astor, Jacques Futrelle, F D Millet and W T Stead. Astor and Stead were ...

Gibbins, David

(1962-    ) Canadian archaeologist and author, partly resident in the UK, of whose novels Atlantis (2005) is of sf interest, as the rediscovered Atlantis proves to contain secrets of ancient science of planetary importance, and likely to cause a Holocaust, a threat dealt with in The Last Gospel (2008) and The Gods of Atlantis (2011). Crusader Gold (2006), a singleton, unabashedly owes much to Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films, though it is more soberly argued. [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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