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Kennemore, Tim

(1957-    ) UK author of children's and Young Adult fiction; she was given the name "Tim" by schoolmates. Her first sf book, The Fortunate Few (1981) is typical of her sharp interest in the power structures adolescents must come to terms with, as here dramatized by its depiction of a Near Future world where gymnastics have become big business, and young athletes risk becoming depersonalized ciphers in the world machine. The sf stories assembled in Here Tomorrow, Gone Today ...

Shaub, Earl L

(1886-?   ) US author whose two novels of sf interest attempt to convey metaphysical lessons through genre conventions: the protagonist of Beyond Mars (1959) learns some central secrets of the universe on Mars; the eponymous protagonist of Noah's Daughter (1960) offers a more chthonic, more feminine wisdom. In both texts, God is of assistance. [JC]

Cooper, Colin

(1926-2012) UK playwright, music critic and author, active as a scriptwriter for Television and Radio, who also wrote at least one crime novel as by Daniel Benson. His first sf was a six-part BBC radio serial, "Host Planet Earth" (1966). His first sf novels, The Thunder and Lightning Man (1968) – a humorous tale of Alien Invasion – and Outcrop (1969), have not had a strong impact on the field. The somewhat downbeat Dargason (1977) is a story of the Near Future in which, for ...

Lloyd, J Wm

Working name of US sexologist, utopian theorist and author John William Lloyd (1857-1940), advocate of The Karezza Method of sexual intercourse, in which the male does not ejaculate, thus strengthening semen for eugenical reasons. His Natural Man sequence – comprising The Natural Man: A Romance of the Golden Age (1902) and The Dwellers in Vale Sunrise, How They Got Together and Lived Happily Ever After: A Sequel to "The Natural Man", Being an Account of the Tribes of Him (1904) – ...

Schuette, H George

(1850-1935) US author of Athonia; Or, the Original Four Hundred (1910; possible rev 1911), in which a series of pre-Columbian Utopias are described within a Club Story format, each of them being deemed a failure, though one Lost Race seems promising. The Grand Mysterious Secret Marriage Temple (1931) promulgates a society based on Eugenics. [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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