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Kennedy, R A

(?   -?   ) UK author whose first, nonfiction work is Space and Spirit: A Commentary Upon the Work of Sir Oliver Lodge Entitled "Life and Matter" (1909). Much of the speculative content of this essay is carried over into his sf novel, The Triuneverse: A Scientific Romance (1912) as by "The Author of Space and Spirit". This is devoted mostly to conversations on Cosmology conducted sometime in the future, in a manner consistent with early Scientific Romance, between ...

Calvet, Emile

(?   -?   ) French author of whom little or nothing is known, and who according to Brian Stableford in his introduction to Dans Mille Ans (1883 Musée des Familles; 1884; trans Stableford as In a Thousand Years 2013), may be pseudonymous. His text is a Utopia based on the argument that advances in science and Technology are necessary for – and in fact engineer – social and moral progress. Specific (and remarkably detailed) advances in the uses of ...

DiSilvestro, Roger L

(1949-    ) US author whose first novel of genre interest was Ursula's Gift (1988), a humorous fantasy. His second, Living with the Reptiles (1990), spoofs the ethical tomfooleries of that form of the Time-Travel tale in which the protagonist changes history to save/destroy/play with the future. In this case the protagonists, after acquiring the necessary equipment in what remains of the Amazon jungle, pass into the ninth century, where shenanigans are soon afoot, ...

Other Worlds

US Digest-size magazine, switching to Pulp format from November 1955. Published by Clark Publishing Co, November 1949-July 1953, and Palmer Publications Inc, May 1955-November 1957; edited by Raymond A Palmer and Bea Mahaffey. 47 issues, only 46 featuring fiction (not counting those titled either Science Stories or Universe Science Fiction): November 1949 to October 1952 (22 issues) as Other Worlds Science Stories, November 1952 to July 1953 (9 issues) as Other Worlds, May 1955 to May 1957 (16 ...

Lowndes, Robert A W

(1916-1998) US author and editor, often referred to as "Doc" Lowndes, a member of the Futurians fan group and collaborator on several stories with other members of the group under the names Arthur Cooke, S D Gottesman, Paul Dennis Lavond and Lawrence Woods. After a spoof article, "Report of the Plutonian Ambassador by Sir Doc Lowndes" (September 1935 Wonder Stories) – appearing in the magazine's letter column and not its contents list – his first sf story was "The Outpost at Altark" ...

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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