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Jacobs, Paul Samuel

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Born into Light (1988), intriguingly combines the topos of the Feral Child and that of the Superman (see also Superheroes and the character Superman): a frail naked child tumbles from interstellar space into the home of an Earth couple, who find that he learns with unnatural speed; he and his siblings may be acquiring human genetic material in order for their race to survive. Jacobs's second Young Adult tale, Sleepers, ...

Maurice, Michael

Pseudonym of UK clergyman, teacher and author Conrad Arthur Skinner (1889-1975), whose sf novel Not in Our Stars (1923) can be forgiven its confused science – giant meteorites are supposed to cause perturbations in spacetime, Time Distortions sufficient to reverse its flow for the protagonist – because of the odd intensity of the tale. Awakening in a death cell after a meteor strike, he is executed and then begins to relive his life (each day passing normally, but with him awakening ...

Blom, Suzanne Allés

(1948-2012) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "In the Memory of Prince Edward" for Tomorrow: Speculative Fiction in April 1993; her projected Alternate History series – the first volume, Inca: The Scarlet Fringe (2000), hovers between sf and fantasy modalities – posits an Incan resistance to the Spanish Conquistadores in the fifteenth century. The outcome remains for the moment in doubt. [JC]

Jensen, Johannes V

(1873-1950) Danish poet, author and essayist, author of detective novels as by Ivar Lykke; awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1944. He is best known for Den Lange Rejse [for individual titles see Checklist] (1908-1922 6vols; trans Arthur G Chater, vols 1-2 as The Long Journey: Fire and Ice 1922 UK, vols 3-4 as The Cimbrians: The Long Journey II 1923 UK, and vols 5-6 as Christopher Columbus: The Long Journey III 1924), an epic myth spanning humanity's Evolution in Darwinian terms from its ...

Powell, Frank

(1845-1906) US author of Dime-Novel SF whose friendship with historical figures like Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917) led to his appearance as a character in some (entirely fictional) Buffalo Bill tales, none actually written by him. It is not clear which books published as by Powell were not in fact by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham (1843-1904), the main figure behind the success of Buffalo Bill, whose prolific output – mostly Westerns – may not have included tales of the fantastic. / ...

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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