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Churchill, Winston S

(1874-1965) UK politician and author, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His only novel, Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania (May-December 1899 Macmillan's Magazine; 1900), is a Ruritanian story set in an imaginary European republic as a civil war rages. He is included here primarily for four short works: "Man Overboard! An Episode of the Red Sea" (December 1898 The Harmsworth Magazine), a tale of terror, though not supernatural; "Shall We Commit Suicide?" (24 September ...

Whitlock, Vaughan

(1950-    ) Australian author now in New Zealand whose anti-Feminist Dystopian Satire, Human Stock (2001), posits a distant Near Future world with women taking advantage of their dominance by created a state of Slavery for men, who are Cloned to fit into their abject roles. 2030: The Inner Limits (2006) is also a satire, on similar lines. [JC]

Monkman, Kent

(1965-    ) Canadian artist and provocateur of Cree and Anglo-Irish ancestry, working in multiple media, using shock tactics and the absurd to confront onlookers with the nature of Imperialism and its long shadow on the modern world. Many of his paintings carnivalize prominent works in the Euro-American canon, such as "Miss Chief's Wet Dream" (2018), which depicts America's colonizers as a Ship of Fools ill-suited to their new homeland, and imposing a prolonged and unwelcome ...

MacDonald, Philip

(1900-1980) UK-born screenwriter and author of detective novels, son of Ronald MacDonald and grandson of George MacDonald, in California from 1931. He was best known for a series of detective novels, most featuring the amateur investigator Anthony Gethryn, beginning with The Rasp (1924) and including the remarkable serial-killer procedurals Murder Gone Mad (1931) and X v. Rex (1933 as by Martin Porlock; vt Mystery of the Dead Police 1933; vt The Mystery of Mr. X 1934); at least four of his ...

Faraday, Robert

Pseudonym used by US editor and author Bruce Cassiday (1920-2005) for the Adventures in the Time Machine sequence of Young Adult sf adventures, all of them routine. [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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