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Mayo, The Earl of

Working name of Irish politician and author, Dermot Robert Wyndham Bourke (1851-1927), 7th Earl of Mayo, whose Future War novel, The War Cruise of the "Aries" (1894), pits Britain against France, the battle turning on the use of a new Invention, a kind of mobile battering ram the size of a ship. [JC]

Worth, Peter

A Ziff-Davis House Name used on magazine stories; it appeared in their various sf magazines ten times from 1949 to 1951, usually concealing Chester S Geier or Roger Phillips Graham (Rog Phillips). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

McCollum, Michael A

(1946-    ) US control-systems engineer (specializing in aerospace propulsion) and author, who began publishing sf with "Duty, Honor, Planet" for Analog, April 1979. His first novel, A Greater Infinity (fixup 1982), established the pattern he would follow through the 1980s: a complex Space-Opera adventure plot – assembling the variously published Greater Infinity stories beginning with "Beer Run" (July 1979 Analog) – involves humans from Parallel Worlds, one of ...

Harbinson, W Allen

(1941-    ) UK author who has published at least twenty-five combat novels, none of them with fantastic content, as by Shaun Clarke, and who under his own name is best known for his exercises in the sf of Paranoia, most of this material based on the notion that our planet – either at the ultimate behest of Aliens or of a Pariah Elite of humans – is investigating or governing us, or both. The Projekt Saucer sequence – in order of internal chronology, Projekt ...

Linton, Dr C E

(1865-1930) US author of The Earthomotor and Other Stories (coll of linked stories 1920), a series of tales involving Transportation with the aid of various Inventions including the eponymous burrower, which carries the cast into a Hollow Earth where a Lost World is discovered whose inhabitants enjoy Immortality; and a Spaceship/flying boat which conveys them to the Moon and into Arctic realms, where another Lost Race is uncovered, this time an extremely advanced Telepathic civilization whose ...

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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