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Smith, Thorne

(1892-1934) US author best known for his humorous fantasies, in which – rather as in the novels of F Anstey, with the added ingredient of Sex – some supernatural intrusion upsets suburban life to comic effect. Two of Smith's novels use nominally sf devices. The Night Life of the Gods (1931) opens with the Invention of a petrifying Ray which can convert flesh to stone, a process which is somewhat implausibly reversible, like the action of a Stasis Field. In Skin and Bones (1933) the ...

Halifax, Clifford

Pseudonym of UK physician and author Edgar Beaumont (1860-1921) used (it seems exclusively) for his collaborations with L T Meade, beginning with This Troublesome World (1893 3vols), both anonymous, about a doctor who uses psychotropic Drugs to gain his will; and on various stories published in the Strand Magazine in the course of which mysteries – occult or sf in nature – are solved through ultimately debunking exercises in detection. The Stories from the Diary of a Doctor [see ...

Glemser, Bernard

(1908-1990) UK photographer, art editor and author who worked for the UK government in America after 1945, remaining in the US after his resignation; he also published one novel as by Robert Crane and at least two romances as by Geraldine Napier. Glemser began to publish work of some genre interest with "Astonished Father" in the British journal Argosy for December 1945, though his first outright sf story, as by Crane, was "The Purple Fields" in Star Science Fiction Stories #2 (anth 1953) ...

Lord, Graham

(1943-2015) Southern-Rhodesia-born editor and author, in the UK from about 1960; of his novels, two are of sf interest: God and All His Angels (1976) is a Satire set in a Near Future England which has been turned into a theme park, though a grim new government, run by right-wing radicals known as God's Angels, soon takes over; and A Party to Die For (1997) anticipates a millennial Disaster in the shape of a Comet due to impact Earth at the turn of the year 2000. [JC]

Mikes, George

(1912-1987) Hungarian author born Mikes György, in UK from 1938, naturalized 1946. He was a successful journalist in Hungary from 1933, and came to the UK in his professional capacity, remaining in London because, as he was Jewish, it would have been suicide to return. His work is various, mostly nonfiction, often slyly comical; his only work of any sf interest is Down With Everybody!: A Cautionary Tale for Children Over Twenty-One, and Other Stories (coll 1951), which spoofs Near Future ...

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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