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Lockwood, Ingersoll

(1841-1918) US lawyer and author whose Baron Trump sequence is an unusually Equipoisal mixture of sf and fantasy, even at a time before the use of commonly adhered-to distinctions between these modes of the fantastic, in a manner that anticipates L Frank Baum's inspired opportunism in the Oz books. The sequence comprises The Travels and Adventures of Little Baron Trump and His Wonderful Dog Bulgar (1890) and Baron Trump's Marvellous Underground Journey (1893), the latter being a Fantastic ...

Jones, Holly Goddard

(1979-    ) US author, much of whose earlier work, which is nonfantastic, consists of intense studies of life in her native Kentucky, with some emphasis on its occasionally violent noir underside. She is of sf interest for her second novel, The Salt Line (2017), set in a Near Future America distorted into a Dystopian tyranny through the effects of a continent-wide assault of ticks. That this is not a trivial Disaster can by confirmed by the twenty-first century spread ...

Mills, Robert P

(1920-1986) US editor and literary agent, managing editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from its inception; he assumed the editorship proper – a month after publishing his only story, "The Last Shall be First", for the magazine – with the September 1958 issue, following Anthony Boucher's resignation, remaining editor until March 1962 and continuing thereafter as consulting editor until February 1963. He had previously been managing editor of Ellery Queen's Mystery ...

Cook, Diane

(?   -    ) US author whose short stories, assembled as Man v. Nature (coll 2014), manifest a twenty-first century sense that Homo sapiens's occupancy of the planet, and of our claims to pre-emptive Identity, are both fragile. The title story, set on a lifeboat in a vast expanse of ocean, follows the three survivors' attempts to make sense of the End of the World by imagining themselves creating a Television reality show. A similar apocalypse lurks outside the ...

Lathrop, George Parsons

(1851-1898) Hawaiian-born author, in US from childhood; his nonfiction appreciation of Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Study of Hawthorne (1876), and his editing of editions of Hawthorne's work, was perhaps intensified by his marriage to the author's daughter in 1871. Lathrop is of sf interest for "In the Deep of Time" (3 March 1897 English Illustrated Magazine), a novella-length tale written "in Collaboration with Thomas A Edison", in which a young man awakens from Suspended Animation in the year 2200, ...

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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