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Erlich, Richard D

(1943-    ) US academic and critic who took his PhD in English Language and Literature at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), moving in 1971 to Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), where he remained until his retirement in 2006 as Professor of English. His first essay of sf interest was "Strange Odyssey: From Dart to Ardrey to Kubrick and Clarke" (May 1976 Extrapolation 17.2), which centred on the use in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and its novelization of Raymond ...

Lodge, Mrs

(?   -?   ) UK author of A Son of the Gods (1898), a Lost Race tale set in the mysterious Middle Eastern city of Elhazaar, where a civilization of fire-worshippers is discovered. [JC]

Rowley, Christopher

(1948-    ) US author whose career began with efficiently written Military SF novels, beginning with the War for Eternity/Fenrille sequence – The War for Eternity (1983), The Black Ship (1985), The Founder (1989) and To a Highland Nation (1993) – which concentrates on warfare within our solar system, though the inhabitants of at least one outlying Space Habitat are involved in interstellar exploration. The Vang sequence – Starhammer (1986), The Vang: The ...

Paine, Albert Bigelow

(1861-1937) US author best remembered as Mark Twain's confidant, whose posthumous works he unconscionably tampered with before publication: The Mysterious Stranger (1916) was cobbled together from three separate manuscripts. Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924 2vols) was savagely cut, expurgated, and entirely restructured. / Paine was primarily a writer and editor of children's fiction, though two of his adult novels are of sf interest. The Mystery of Evelin Delorme: A Hypnotic Story (1894) ...

Morris, James

(?   -    ) UK author of The Escapist (2005), a Near Future thriller set in a Cyberpunk-tinted venue, which the street-wise hero has little real difficulty in negotiating as he tracks down a roge AI. [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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