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McNaughton, Janet

(1953-    ) Canadian author for Young Adult readers whose The Secret Under My Skin (2000) is set in a constricted distant-Near Future world, a twenty-fourth-century Dystopian venue beset by the consequences of Climate Change; the young protagonist finds that the discovery of her true identity may lead to a solution to some of the world's problems. An Earthly Knight (2003) is fantasy. [JC]


US Fanzine (1952-1985), edited from New York and Puerto Rico by Richard Bergeron. From undistinguished early issues, Warhoon became a large, attractive, duplicated fanzine containing careful and literate articles on sf and Fandom. John Baxter, James Blish and Robert A W Lowndes were among the regular sf columnists, and Terry Carr, Bob Shaw, Harry Warner Jr and Walt Willis were fan columnists. Occasional contributors included Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison and Ted White. In 1980 (though dated ...

Gibbons, Stella

(1902-1989) UK journalist and author whose best-known novel, Cold Comfort Farm (1932), is set in a moderately explicit Near Future, sometime after the 1946 Anglo-Nicaraguan War, when videophones and private airplanes are common. The story itself, a savagely comic Parody of epiphany-choked rural novels as written by D H Lawrence (1885-1930) and in particular Mary Webb (1881-1927) with Precious Bane (1924), uses the sf frame primarily as a distancing device. In the more broadly humorous prequel, ...

Davids, Paul

(1947-    ) US artist, filmmaker and author with Hollace Davids of a set of Young Adult Star Wars Ties (see Star Wars) beginning with Star Wars #1: The Glove of Darth Vader (1992); they also wrote together a Graphic Novel, The Fires of Pele (graph 1986), which purports to contain a lost journal by Mark Twain. [JC]

Aristide, Oana

(?   -    ) Romanian economist, hotelier and author, variously resident in Sweden, UK and Greece. Her first novel, Under the Blue (2021), is set initially in a very Near Future England beset by Climate Change and a Pandemic; the protagonist of the tale, in the company of two women, leaves beleaguered rural Devon for Africa, via a depopulated Europe. At around the same time, at a research establishment within the Arctic Circle, conversations between scientists ...

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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