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McConnell, Frank

(1942-1999) US academic and critic, a professor of English at Northwestern University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, who wrote extensively on sf and many other subjects; his writings included a regular media column for Commonweal magazine and four detective novels, and he served four times on the committee that awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His work in the genre included editing The Time Machine/The War of the Worlds: A Critical Edition (omni 1977) by H G Wells, an ...

Malcolm, Donald

(1930-2013) Scottish author of fiction and considerable popular science, some in collaboration with Archie Roy under the joint pseudonym Roy Malcolm (whom see for details). He began publishing sf with "Defence Mechanism" for New Worlds, November 1957. Two series of stories, the Matthew Brady/Preliminary Exploration Team tales in New Worlds 1957-1964 and the Dream Background tales in New Worlds in 1959 and subsequently in the continuing Original Anthology series New Writings in SF 1965-1975, did ...

Condo, A D

Working name of US newspaper cartoonist Armundo Dreisbach Condo (1872-1956), best known for his regular strip The Outbursts of Everett True (1905-1927), created with J W Raper. He is of sf interest for the Comic strip Mr Skygack, From Mars, which he created in 1907 for the Chicago Day Book and which was nationally syndicated to many US newspapers until 1917. Roughly four hundred strips and single-panel cartoons appeared. Skygack, a big-brained Alien "Special Correspondent" from Mars with an ...

Taylor, John Edwin

(1883-1916) US author whose Cy Hains's Sermo-Phone and Other Stories (coll 1909 chap) contains some stories involving Inventions, which although spoofed do exist within an sf frame. [JC]

Schwahn, John George

(?   -?   ) US author of The Tableau; Or, Heaven as a Republic (1892), a Utopia governed by a strict adherence to reason. [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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