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Bannister, Jo

(1951-    ) UK journalist and author, principally of crime fiction, long resident in Northern Ireland. She is of sf interest for her first three novels, all initially published by Robert Hale Limited: The Matrix (1981), a Far-Future Space Opera, and two adventures with a flavour of Planetary Romance: ...

Huizinga, Johan

(1872-1945) Dutch historian, linguist, and philosopher who is best known internationally for two books. In Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen: Studie over Levens- en Gedachtenvormen der 14de en 15de Eeuw in Frankrijk en de Nederlanden (1919; cut trans Frits Hopman as The Waning of the Middle Ages 1924; full trans Diane Webb as Autumntide of the Middle Ages [for subtitles see Checklist below] 2020), an emphasis on aesthetically heightened romantic courtesy and ...

Armour, J P

(1852-1909) US author of Edenindia: A Tale of Adventure (1905) whose protagonist flies an advanced Airship to the Arctic, where he finds a Lost Race descended from Henry Hudson, a Utopia governed by good hygiene and a tough love regime for hypochondriacs; a dissimulated attempt to fly to Mars ends in China. [JC]

Skolsky, Syd

(1917-1998) US author, mostly on musical subjects; her sf novel, The Affectionism Society: A Love Story in a Futuristic Setting (1977), is a Near Future First Contact tale in which humans and the Alien Vars begin to understand each other through the problematics of Sex. [JC]

Atkins, Rev E C

(1855-1949) US minister and author who has sometimes been confused with Bernarr Macfadden, though his story for the latter's journal Physical Culture, "My Bride from the Other World" (?1904 Physical Culture), was ascribed to him not to Macfadden. [MA]

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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