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Wickham, Harvey

(1872-1930) US pianist, religious apologist, and author; his Realpolitik defense of Mussolini, on the grounds that he would protect the Roman Catholic Church, diminished his posthumous reputation; nor did his attacks on authors of "smut" like D H Lawrence, also from a conservative religious point of view, did much to maintain interest in his work. Among his novels, which were written earlier, of sf interest is Jungle Terror (1920), a thriller set in South America, featuring flying ...

Grant, Maxwell

A Street & Smith House Name under which Walter B Gibson (whom see for details) wrote some 300 novels, 282 of them about The Shadow. He was followed by Dennis Lynds (whom also see). [JC]

Barnes, Julian

(1946-    ) UK author who has published detective novels as by Dan Kavanagh; his most famous single novel is Flaubert's Parrot (1984). He has written three Scientific Romances of interest. An abstractedness about the circumstances of the world (see Mainstream Writers of SF) attends Staring at the Sun (1986), which carries its protagonist from her birth in 1922 into ...

Brain from Planet Arous, The

Film (1957). Marquette Productions Ltd/Howco International. Produced by Jacques R Marquette. Directed by Nathan H Juran (credited as Nathan Hertz). Written by Ray Buffum. Cast includes John Agar, Joyce Meadows and Dale Tate. 71 minutes. Black and white. / Young Scientist Steve March (Agar) is about to marry Sally (Meadows) when the criminal Alien brain Gor (voiced by Tate) arrives on Earth, and takes possession of Steve's ...

Duff, Douglas V

(1901-1978) Argentinian-born author of UK parents, in the UK from 1906. His service in both World Wars (in 1916 as a naval cadet who had his ship sunk under him), and his inter-war career in the Palestine Police, mark him as a Young Adult writer with nothing to prove about his own manliness; it may (or may not) be consequential upon his personal experience of the world that his work is (almost uniquely in his generation of writers) free of racial or sexual ...

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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