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McConchie, Lyn

(1946-    ) New Zealand author and farmer long active in Fandom, who began to publish professionally with "The Sar Shan Kelpie" in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy for Winter 1991 and has since been prolific in short fiction. Her first novel-length work was a Tie to Andre Norton's Witch World franchise, The Key of the Keplian (1994); this and its three successors – including The Duke's Ballad (2005), which won New Zealand's Sir Julius Vogel Award – were wholly ...

Hodder, Reginald

(1867-1926) New Zealand journalist, later in the UK; author of The Daughter of the Dawn: A Realistic Story of Maori Magic (1903), a Lost Race tale set in the heart of New Zealand, as narrated by a Maori chief; The Vampire (1913) is horror; Ultus, the Man from the Dead (1916), despite its alluring title, is a non-fantastic thriller. [JC]

Chambers, Whitman

(1896-1968) US screenwriter and author, active from about 1923, most of whose novels were Westerns or detective fiction; his Near Future sf tract, Invasion! (1943), is a Yellow Peril tale set in a World War Two Los Angeles (see California) invaded (see Invasion) by a Japanese expeditionary force which destroys the City; the tone, even for 1943, is hysterically racist, as the well-known cover illustration – featuring rabid Japanese soldiers about to rape white American women in the ruined ...

Herter, David

(1963-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Late Mr Havel's Apartment" (in Borderlands 4, anth 1994, edited by Thomas F Monteleone), the interest in Czech life and history in this story proving to shape his later career, though his first novel, Ceres Storm (2000), which is a modern Fantastic Voyage tale that follows a young man across the solar system in his search for the Ur-being of whom he – and his AI companion – are avatars. ...

Ford, Ford Madox

(1873-1939) UK editor and author, born Joseph Leonard Ford Hermann Madox Hueffer into a literary family of German descent, and who signed his books Ford Madox Hueffer for the first thirty years of his career; he was in active service through almost the full extent of World War One, his experiences in the trenches directly inspiring On Heaven; And Poems Written on Active Service (coll 1918). In protest at German behaviour during the conflict he changed his name by deed poll to Ford Madox Ford, ...

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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