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Gray, Curme

(1910-1980) US author in whose complex sf novel Murder in Millennium VI (1951) a homicide case shakes a matriarchal Dystopia thousands of years hence into the near Far Future – murder being inexplicable to the inhabitants of this world. The focus of interest in the novel is the gradual unveiling of the fact that a slow transition – not back to patriarchy but to some synthesis – is under way. There is a ...

Myerson, Julie

(1960-    ) UK journalist and author whose novels, beginning with Sleepwalking (1994), are often infiltrated by supernatural elements, sometimes as in this case family ghosts. The protagonist of The Story of You (2006) is haunted by what may be the ghost of a man she broke up with decades ago; the Young Adult Out of Breath (2008) tests the growth trajectory of a young woman through her encounters with ...

Clyne, Ronald

(1925-2006) American artist and book designer, sometimes credited in error as Robert Clyne. As a young sf fan in Chicago, Clyne began his career by contributing artwork to some regional fanzines as well as interior illustrations and cartoons to Ray Palmer's magazines Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures. After sending a sample of his work to August ...

Luftpirat und sein Lenkbares Luftschiff, Der

["The Pirate of the Air and his Navigable Airship"] German Dime-Novel series, popularly known as Kapitän Mors der Luftpirat; it has no connection with a 1948 series of the same name. One of the most popular series of its day, its author or authors are unknown, but well-known writers like Oskar Hoffmann (1866-1928) may have been involved; and, since its adventures take place alternately on Earth and in space, it may have been written by two people. ...

Montgomerie, F W

(?   -?   ) Unidentified author, perhaps Australian, of Paying the Price (1907), about a Mad Scientist in Australia who develops a strain of plague to eliminate the weak (see Eugenics; Pandemic) from the human race. [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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