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Prior, Ann

(1949-    ) New Zealand author whose Young Adult tale The Sky Cage (1967) is of some sf interest for its depiction of the Invasion of an unnamed City and of the young protagonist' escape to a world Underground. [JC]

Féval, Paul

(1816-1887) French lawyer, editor and author, active from the late 1830s until around 1880; father of Paul Féval fils. He first came to prominence as an extremely prolific author of tales written according to the demands of the feuilleton: short chapters inserted at frequent regular intervals, usually daily or weekly, into newspapers, a demanding format successfully exploited by French authors like Alexandre Dumas and Eugene Sue (1804-1857), and by Charles Dickens in the UK. An early ...

Wood, Susan

(1948-1980) Canadian sf critic and academic, with a PhD in nineteenth-century Canadian literature, who taught English (including sf) at the University of British Columbia. An sf fan of great energy, she won a 1973 Hugo as Susan Wood Glicksohn with her then husband Mike Glicksohn for Energumen as Best Fanzine, a second (now as Susan Wood again) for Best Fan Writer in 1974, and a third for Best Fan Writer (tied with Richard E Geis) in 1977; her fourth, also for Best Fan Writer, was awarded ...

Stone, Rodney

(1932-    ) UK author, mostly of nonfantastic thrillers under his own name and as by Matthew Hunter. Of sf interest is The Cambridgeshire Disaster (1967) as by Hunter, featuring the Near Future destruction of that academic enclave; Cries in the Night (1991), in which the contemporary abduction of two children uncannily evokes events from World War Two, does not in fact trespass very far into the fantastic. [JC]


The well-known Time Machine in the television series Doctor Who; this device can also travel through interplanetary and interstellar space. Its "chameleon circuit" disguised it as an old-fashioned UK police telephone box prior to the first Doctor Who storyline and then (with rare later exceptions) ceased to function. As indicated by the capitals, the name is a somewhat ad-hoc acronym standing for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space. A further notable property of the TARDIS is that it is much ...

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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