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Blake, Sarah

(1984-    ) US poet and author, active since around 2010 in the former capacity. Her first novel Naamah (2019) tells the story of the Biblical Flood from the viewpoint of Noah's wife; ingenious interpreters of the Bible suggest that a named female, Naamah or Na'amah, the sister of Tubal-Cain (Genesis 4.22), was Noah's wife: that (despite this exegetical palaver) she goes nameless on the Ark may explain some of the redemptive urgency of Blake's tale. Clean Air (2022) is set ...

Hollow Earth Expedition

Role Playing Game (2006). Exile Game Studio. Designed by Jeff Combos, Jason Carl, Jim Cook, Chris Goe, Tyler Running Deer. / Hollow Earth Expedition is a light-hearted homage to Pulp magazine stories describing the perilous exploration of a Hollow Earth, and their predecessors in the work of such authors as Jules Verne. The tone, which is both exuberant and knowing, is perhaps most reminiscent of Richard A Lupoff's Circumpolar! (1984), though the game's world is literally hollow rather than ...

Oppenheim, E Phillips

(1866-1946) UK author, publishing at least 160 novels from 1887 until just before his death, some as by Anthony Partridge; most of them are tales of espionage or society detective mysteries, the best known being The Great Impersonation (February-July 1919 The Grand Magazine; 1920), a non-fantastic thriller. His sf novels of interest – several of the titles given in the Checklist below are romantic-fantasy potboilers, some with Ruritanian elements – begin with Mysterious Mr Sabin ...

Leininger, Robert

(1946-    ) US author in whose Black Sun (1991) the Disaster of a sudden dimming of the Sun causes a new Ice Age. [JC]

Assollant, Alfred

(1827-1886) French author whose strong republican views affected his career, sometimes damagingly, and which permeate his work as a whole, giving a mildly transgressive tone to the two tales so far translated into English. Histoire fantastique du célébre Pierrot (1860; trans A G Munro as The Fantastic History of the Celebrated Pierrot 1875) [for subtitles see Checklist below] is a spoofish Tall Tale recounting the triumphant Fantastic Voyage of its eponymous hero, who is far more ...

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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