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Sawyer, Jamie

(1979-    ) UK barrister and author whose work to date consists almost exclusively of contributions to his Lazarus Universe Military SF sequences. In the first of these, the Lazarus War series beginning with The Lazarus War: Artefact (2015), the chief ongoing protagonist Captain Conrad Harris of the Simulant Operations Programme undergoes repeated deaths leading his team in suicide missions over various locations across the galaxy where Homo sapiens is in conflict with an ...

Mantegazza, Paolo

(1831-1910) Italian neurologist, physiologist, anthropologist and author whose early advocacy of the theory of Evolution was channelled through a hierarchical understanding of the course of human development and history (see Social Darwinism), a global understanding of the world that shapes the proto-Futurism (see Filippo Tommaso Marinetti) of his enthusiastic Utopia, L'Anno 3000: Sogno (1897; trans by David Jacobson as The Year 3000: A Dream 2010), which nevertheless espouses principles that ...

Silvis, Randall

(1950-    ) US teacher and author, most of whose work is nonfantastic, though he has been identified as a Magic Realist for some of the tales assembled in The Luckiest Man in the World (coll 1984), as well as In a Town Called Mundomuerto (2007) and Flying Fish (2012 chap); the latter two titles both implicate mortals with mythical figures from the sea, in title being odorous with chthonic barings of flesh. Mysticus (1999) more complexly mixes modes to some Equipoisal effect, ...

Delacorte, Peter

(1943-    ) US author whose sf novel, Time on My Hands (1997), carries its protagonist back to 1938 Hollywood (see California; Time Travel) with the mission to do anything in his power that will prevent Ronald Reagan from eventually becoming President of the United States; unfortunately for his mission (though fortunately for Reagan, who turns out to be highly likeable), the protagonist's journeys back and forth through time have the effect of destabilizing any attempt to ...

Willard, T A

(1862-1943) US inventor, musician, entrepreneur and author of two Lost Race tales. In The Wizard of Zacna: A Lost City of the Mayas (1929), an ancient man tells the narrator of his experiences as a youth in a lost world dominated by a blonde princess who enthrals him (see She), though a brunette princess truly loves him (which kills her). Bride of the Rain God: Princess of Chichen-Itza, the Sacred City of the Incas [for full subtitles for both titles see Checklist below] (1930) is a Club Story ...

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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