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Isle, Sue

Legal name until 2014 of Australian author Alex Isle (1963-    ), who changed their gender identity in that year; work before 2014 is signed Sue Isle. They began to publish work of genre interest with "Nightwings" in Aurealis for April 1990. Most of their subsequent work, much of it sf, has been Young Adult, though Scale of Dragon, Tooth of Wolf (1996) is a coming-of-age fantasy, with ...

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]

Mois, Joseph

Author, possible pseudonym of Edith Redknap (see Errol Collins); certainly there is no evidence of an actual Joseph Mois. The byline appears on the unremarkable A Spot on the Sun (1954 chap), #3 in the shortlived Fantastic Science Thriller pocketbook series. [DRL/SH]

Kratman, Tom

(1956-    ) US professional soldier from the age of seventeen, retiring in 1992 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and author, most of whose work has been Military SF, including his first novel, A State of Disobedience (2003), which details the process of a revolution against a tyrannical US president in 2060. Series include the Legacy of the Aldenata with John Ringo (whom see for details ...

Ousdal, Asbjørn P

(1879-?   ) Norwegian meteorologist, apparently resident in the US; author of a short sf Satire, Our Revolting Society (Evolution in Reverse): A Satire (1945 chap), in which various historical figures are guyed as proofs of Devolution. [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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