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Allbeury, Ted

Working name of UK crime/spy-fiction author Theodore Edward le Bouthillier Allbeury (1917-2005), much of whose fiction takes its authentic tone from the fact that he was in the British secret service during World War Two; he also wrote as Richard Butler and as Patrick Kelly. Some of his spy thrillers edge into Near Future venues, though his only sf novel proper is All Our Tomorrows (1982), which depicts a UK occupied by Russia after it has declined into left-wing chaos, a decline depicted with ...

Barbor, H R

(1893-1933) UK journalist, poet, playwright and author whose Against the Red Sky: Silhouettes of Revolution (1922), a Near Future tale set in Britain, posits a successful left-wing working-class revolution (see Politics) which establishes a government sanely balanced between public and private enterprise. [JC]


The Jewish legend of the Golem comprises a set of Proto-SF stories about the maker and the made. Several well-known rabbis and Judaic scholars of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance had Golem stories ascribed to them, the most elaborate cycle being that connected with Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1512-1609), the Maharal of Prague, a controversial and admired sage and community leader. "His" version of the Golem, Joseph, is an Automaton made from the sand and mud lining the Vltava River. To ...

Arnold-Forster, H O

(1855-1909) UK politician (Secretary of State for War 1903-1906) of conservative leanings, polemicist, author on military matters, and instigator with W T Stead of a famous hoax in 1884 which created a "naval scare", the details of which could have been made into a Future War tale. Indeed, Arnold-Forster's only work of fiction, In a Conning Tower; Or, How I Took HMS "Majestic" into Action: A Story of Modern Ironclad Warfare (July 1888 Murray's Magazine anon; 1891 chap), occupies very similar ...

Tea, Michelle

(1971-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Coke Call" in Noirotica 3: Stolen Kisses (anth 2000) edited by Thomas S Roche, but who had already come to wide notice with The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (1998), a markedly transgressive memoir and analysis of queer culture, Feminism and gender issues in general, race (see Race in SF), and contemporary American civilization overall. It was fifteen years into her ...

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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