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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Dobrée, Bonamy

(1891-1974) UK academic and author, in active service during World War One. He is of sf interest for Timotheus: The Future of the Theatre (1925 chap), a contribution to its publisher's To-day and To-morrow series shaped as an excerpt from a Future History told presumably to Dobrée by its unnamed narrator, who had duplicated H G ...

Marriott, Michel

(?   -    ) US journalist – he has covered Technology issues for the New York Times since about 1987 – and author whose gonzo Technothriller, The Skull Cage Key (2008), set well into the Near Future in 2041, in a luridly noir New York beset by a craze for ...

Waltermire, Beecher W

(1858-1932) US lawyer and author, father of the weird fiction author Arthur B Waltermire (1888-1938); he is of some sf interest for The Adventure of a Skeleton: A Tale of Natural Gas (1890), whose abnormally thin protagonist manages to slip down an oil well into the Hollow Earth, where he finds a fantasy-tinged world, and has adventures there. [JC]

Mackworth, John

(1887-1939) UK soldier and author of The Menace of the Terribore (1936; vt The Raid of the Terribore: A Modern Adventure Story 1937), a Near Future adventure for boys in which an international criminal takes advantage of several Inventions, including a submarine capable of boring through the earth, to flummox British forces. [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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