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Pseudonym, often printed as A E or AE, used by the Irish poet George William Russell (1867-1935) for all his writing. In 1886 he and William Butler Yeats helped found the Dublin Lodge of the Theosophical Society (see Theosophy) and much of his work reflects a mystical agenda – not very coherently in the supernatural tales assembled in The Mask of Apollo, and Other Stories (coll 1904), but with very much more force in The Interpreters (1922), set in a great City in the indeterminate future ...

Depestre, René

(1926-    ) Haitian poet and author, his life being spent elsewhere, his political activism, initially as a Communist, requiring constant displacements until he settled in France after about 1968; active from 1945. He is of some sf interest for Hadriana dans tous mes têves (1988 trans Kaiama L Glover as Hadriana in All My Dreams 2017), which Equipoisally conflates Haitian legends and "scientific" explanations of the apparent transformation of a young bride on her ...

Hoornaert, Edward

(1981-    ) Belgian author, now in the USA, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Devil, Devil" for On Spec in 2000; and whose sf novel, The Trial of Tompa Lee (2005), is, unusually for Military SF, a courtroom drama, set on an Alien planet. The spunky young protagonist manages to defend herself in the end against unjust charges. [JC]

North, Edmund H

(1911-1990) US screenwriter and author, who adapted Harry Bates's "Farewell to the Master" (October 1940 Astounding) into a script for The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). His only sf novel of interest is a Tie, Meteor (1979) with Franklin Coen, novelizing the feature film Meteor (1979) for which North co-wrote the screenplay based on his own original story. [JC]

Best, Herbert

(1894-1981) UK-born author, in Nigeria 1919-1932, subsequently in the US though he seems to have returned to Britain late in life; most of his fiction, like Young'un (1944), was written for children. He published one sf novel, The Twenty-Fifth Hour (1940), a Last Man tale in which, after a worldwide Disaster in 1965, the two lone survivors – a North American female and a European male – come together to participate in a Utopia founded in Alexandria, Egypt. [JC] see also: 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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