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Moores, George

(?   -?   ) UK author of The British Empire in 1950: A Peep into the Future (1931 chap), a lightly fictionalized Future History in which it is assumed (World War Two not here being predicted) that the British Empire survives. [JC]

Milán, Victor

(1954-2018) US author who has written under his own name and, it is understood, under further names; his acknowledged pseudonyms include Richard Austin, Robert Baron and S L Hunter; House Names include Alex Archer and James Axler. He began publishing sf with "Soldatenmangel" for Dragons of Darkness (anth 1981) edited by Orson Scott Card, and began to publish full-length books in 1984 with several titles in the War of Powers sequence of fantasies with Robert E Vardeman, beginning with The ...

Reynardson, H Birch

(1892-1972) UK author, in active service during World War One; as Henry Thomas Birch-Reynardson, he published a war memoir, Mesopotamia 1914-15 (1919). He is of sf interest for Black Coffee (1928), a Lost Race tale whose protagonists search up the Amazon River for the source of a Drug with the ability to restore Memory of previous lives (see Reincarnation). They find the drug, which is known as Dooni-atla by the secret civilization built around it, in a hidden valley behind a "Golden Curtain". ...

Barnes, Jonathan

(1979-    ) UK author who also writes as J S Barnes; the Somnambulist sequence beginning with The Somnambulist (2007) is a complex detective thriller set in a Steampunk version of Late Victorian London, congenially evoking some of the affirming affect created by Tim Powers in The Anubis Gates (1984) and other tales. The stage magician Edward Moon and his giant mute assistant, who is known as The Somnambulist, are drawn into the darker side of the great City. In the second ...

Lorrah, Jean

(1940-    ) US academic – professor of English at Murray State University in Kentucky – and author. For the sf reader her writing career has perhaps seemed to lack focus, being broken into three areas of concentration. After fan involvement in the Star Trek Open Universe. beginning with Full Moon Rising (coll 1976 chap) and The Night of the Twin Moons (1976), she began to publish generally available sf with the first of her collaborations with Jacqueline ...

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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