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Lippincott, David

(1924-1984) US advertising executive, composer and author whose Near-Future political Satire E Pluribus Bang! (1970) finds the US President involved in the murder of a Secret Service agent he finds in bed with his wife in a story that climaxes on a South Pacific Island where the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance is solved. Tremor Violet (1975) is a Disaster novel about earthquakes in Los Angeles (see California). [JC]

Pears' Annual

A Christmas annual published by A & F Pears, the firm noted for their soap and made even more famous by their advertisements using the painting Bubbles by Sir John Everett Millais. The annual appeared each year from 1891 to 1926. Most issues, except the last few, were in large tabloid format (15.75 x 11 in; 400 x 280 mm) and were heavily illustrated with a selection of Christmas features and stories. Of special interest is the Annual for 1919 which brought together a series of stories and ...

Trevayne, Emma

(?   -    ) US author whose work is restricted to works for younger child and for the Young Adult market, beginning with the Coda sequence comprising Coda (2013) and Chorus (2014), set in a Near Future Dystopia; the young protagonist, armed with Music, subverts the tyranny in charge in time to save the world from dysfunction. Perhaps more interestingly, Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times (2014), is a Steampunk tale set in an Alternate World version of ...

Cox, Luther

(1925-1977) US engineer, salesman and author whose sf novel is The Earth Is Mine (1968), in which a familiar Shaggy God Story version of the Origin of Man is outlined: we are the Post-Holocaust descendants of long-ago settlers from another planet. Exploration of this theory leads to UFO contact and a visit to the other world. [DRL/JC]

Riker, L S

(?   -    ) US author of the Swag sequence, comprising Swag Town (1992) and Full Clip (1992), set in a Near Future New York marked by Decadence and excess; the protagonist, a freelance hood, gets in deeper and deeper trouble. [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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