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Blackden, Paul

(?   -    ) UK author of one sf novel, Adam and Eve 2020 A D (1974), set partly in Near Future Yorkshire, though both the destruction of London and New York are described; young Terry and Jackie survive into a very dangerous Post-Holocaust world but it looks as though they will make a go of it (see Adam and Eve). [JC]

Brown, Fredric

(1906-1972) US author of detective novels and much sf, and for many years active in journalism. He is perhaps best known for such detective novels as The Fabulous Clipjoint (1947), which won an Edgar Award, but is also highly regarded for his sf, which is noted for its elegance and Humour, and for a polished slickness not generally found in the field in 1941, the year he published his first sf story, "Not Yet the End" (Winter 1941 Captain Future). Many of his shorter works are vignettes and ...

Child, Lincoln

(1957-    ) US anthologist and author, whose earlier novels of sf interest were written in collaboration with Douglas Preston, either as by Lincoln Preston or under both real names. Their venue tends to be a version of New York in which Horror-tinged sf conceits are told in an Urban Fantasy frame [for this term, plus Edifice and Technofantasy below, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; there are several continuing characters, most consistently FBI Agent ...

Peel, John

(1954-    ) UK television scriptwriter and author, resident for some time in the US, who has also written under the House Name Nicholas Adams, Rick North and John Vincent. He is mostly noted for his influential Doctor Who Ties, beginning with Doctor Who: The Chase (1989), often featuring Daleks; he has also published prolifically in Files Magazine contributing a number of Doctor Who special Spotlight issues. Other tied sequences include several contributions to the Star Trek ...

Haraucourt, Edmond

(1856-1941) French author who seems to have begun publishing Scientific Romance tales with "L'Immortalité, conte philosophique" (1888 Revue Bleue) which, like much of his work, treats Immortality as a pernicious illusion, and "La Fin du Monde" (1893 Revue Hebdomadaire), both assembled with other work as L'Effort ["Effort"] (coll 1894). More radically, the later Le Gorilloïde (January 1904 Le Journal; 1906 chap) expressed within the constraints of the feuilleton a scathing sense of ...

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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