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Anderson, Barth

(1964-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Landlocked" for Talebones in Winter 2000, and has written Horror stories as part of the "Ratbastards" group which writes and edits the Rabid Transit anthologies. The Patron Saint of Plagues (2006), a Near Future thriller set in a Near Future expansive Mexico partially populated by Cyborgs, where a suspiciously artefactual plague is investigated by a doctor from the United States – a country by now ...

Allorge, Henri

(1878-1938) French poet and author, who worked in a civilian capacity for the Ministry of War during World War One, which nevertheless affected him strongly. In his first sf novel, Le Grand Cataclysme: roman du centième siècle (1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Great Cataclysm: A Romance of the Hundredth Century 2011), a great earlier Disaster has created a Ruined Earth, the consequences of which are meditated upon, during a tour of the ruins of Paris (see Ruins and Futurity), ...

Monir, Alexandra

(?   -?   ) US singer/songwriter and author most of whose work has been fantasy for Young Adult readers, as in the Timeless sequence beginning with Timeless (2011), which involves its young protagonist in a complicated Timeslip romance. She is of sf interest for the Final Six sequence beginning with The Final Six (2018), set a Near Future world so devastated by Climate Change and Disasters that it is becoming uninhabitable; a group of young space cadets must ...

McSherry, Frank D, Jr

(1927-1997) US anthologist who worked with Martin H Greenberg and Charles G Waugh on more than twenty Anthologies, chiefly of ghostly and supernatural fiction. Of sf interest is the Baseball-themed Baseball 3000 (anth 1981) edited with Greenberg and Waugh. The Best Horror Stories of Arthur Conan Doyle (coll 1989), edited with Greenberg and Waugh, is a useful selection of Arthur Conan Doyle's horror fiction; The Fantastic World War II (anth 1990), edited with Greenberg and Waugh (both ...

Jackson, David

(?   -    ) UK author whose first novel, Bugz :Contact (2008), introduces an extended First Contact drama into Near Future Britain; the Aliens, who have been in existence since the Big Bang (see Cosmology), are sub-atomic, and seem to be very busy: Jackson's exceedingly frequent use of the letter "z" may be an attempt at onomatopoeia. [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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