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Edwards, James

(?   -?   ) US author of John Bull, Uncle Sam and Johnny Crapaud (1884), a Lost World tale set in East Africa, where survivors of a shipwreck stumble into an unknown land once inhabited by a race now entirely vanished, and now occupied by Americans from Virginia, who have established a Utopia there. Edwards may have been a professor at a college which has not been identified. [JC]

Deutsch, A J

(1918-1969) US astronomer – after whom the crater Deutsch on the far side of the Moon is named – and author of the single much-anthologized story "A Subway Named Möbius" (December 1950 Astounding). Here the eponymous Transportation system develops such a high degree of topological complexity (see Mathematics) that trains become lost in convoluted Dimensions, leading to Timeslip effects. The story was well enough remembered after half a century to be shortlisted for a Retro Hugo ...

Bowers, A Herbert

(?   -?   ) US author of an sf novel, With Gyves of Gold: A Novel (1898) with Henry Athey, both writers remaining untraced, though both may have been based in Missouri; for details of this sf novel, see Athey. [JC]

Sun Ra

(1914-1993) US jazz composer and musician, born Herman Poole Blount. Sun Ra played and released a large quantity of music, mostly in the postwar period, all of it inflected by his fascination with outer space, Alien encounter, Ancient Egypt (whose Sun god inspired his working name) and Atlantis. / Ra spent the 1950s mostly recording in Chicago. In 1961 he moved to New York, and his music grew more experimental, more challenging, and sometimes less coherent. A second move followed in the ...

Ould, Chris

(?1959-    ) UK author whose sf novel, Road Lines (1985), is a Near-Future thriller set in an apocalyptic landscape reminiscent, to some, of the Mad Max films, though the main setting, a coercive inner-city Keep where the lower classes are imprisoned, lacks the escapist momentum of the movie. [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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