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Beckett, Chris

(1955-    ) Former UK social worker, lecturer on this subject at Anglia Ruskin University since 1990, and author of several sf stories and novels (in addition to solo and co-authored textbooks on social work, not listed below). His first sf appearance was "A Matter of Survival" (October 1990 Interzone); further sales to Interzone and Asimov's followed. Fourteen short sf stories were assembled as The Turing Test (coll 2008), which in 2009 caused some stir by winning the ...

Madariaga, Salvador de

(1886-1978) Spanish diplomat and man of letters who spent much of his life after 1916 in the UK and Switzerland, in particular between 1936 and 1975, during the rule of General Franco (1892-1975). In his sf novel, The Sacred Giraffe: Being the Second Volume of the Posthumous Works of Julio Arceval (1925), which is set in 6922 CE, the Blacks – who have survived much history, including the submergence of Europe – argue over the possibility that Whites ever actually existed (see Race ...

Smythe, James

(1980-    ) UK author who writes Young Adult fiction as J P Smythe; his first novel, Hereditation (2010) is an essentially nonfantastic Gothic set in New York. Of sf interest is The Testimony (2012), in which a Dystopian Near Future world is confronted with a seemingly irrefutable annunciation – perhaps in the very words of God, spoken deafeningly by Himself – of the End of the World; the tale is couched in bestseller or Technothriller format, with perhaps a ...

Kennedy, John

(1945-2009) US author, involved in American Fandom all his life, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Toward the Fullness of Fate" for Galaxy in July 1976. Later work was assembled in the two versions of Nova in a Bottle (coll 1992 chap; with differing contents, exp 2003 chap). It is a sign of the esteem in which he was held that the first version contained essays on Kennedy by Vance Aandahl, Edward Bryant, John E Stith and Connie Willis; the pieces by Bryant and Willis were ...

Deegan, Jon J

A House Name created by Gordon Landsborough, editor of Authentic Science Fiction, and used perhaps exclusively by UK author Robert George Sharp for material published in that journal, which for some time early in its run filled each issue with one long story (in this encyclopedia, one-story issues are treated as books). The Old Growler space exploration series, beginning with Reconnoitre Krellig II (1951), was signed as by Deegan, and various sequels (all written by Sharp) were published, ...

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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