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Landon, Kristin

(1958-2019) US editor and author of the Cold Minds sequence of Space Operas comprising The Hidden Worlds (2007), The Cold Minds (2008) and The Dark Reaches (2009), in which, after the near-destruction of Earth by Cybernetic intelligences, the waif remnants of humanity – piloted to and fro by "jump pilots" – survive on other planets hidden from sight; they prepare to fight back on the battleground of the Ruined Earth; the sequence was projected to continue but did not. Windhome ...

Robinson, E A

(?   -?   ) US author in whose The Disk: A Tale of Two Passions (1884; vt The Disk: A Prophetic Reflection 1884), with G (George) A Wall, a series of Inventions – optical cables capable of harnessing the Sun's light, imperishable food (see Food Pills), disease-eliminating injections – plays second fiddle to a tale of sexual passions. The inventions are effective. [JC]

Remenham, John

Pseudonym of UK physician and author John Alexander Vlasto (1877-1958), whose The Lurking Shadow (1946) is a Doppelganger tale clearly derived from Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). The Peacemaker (1947) is a Near Future tale whose protagonist, an arms manufacturer who wants to put his huge fortune to good use, decides to create universal peace. Under his own name, Vlasto wrote several thrillers. [JC]

Ranken, J L

(1878-1945) Australian author in whose Tzane (1926) danger to the Near Future attends the Invention of the eponymous chemical formula; but is averted. [JC]

Moran, Daniel Keys

(1962-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "All the Time in the World" for Asimov's in May 1982, a tale which he expanded with other material into his first novel and the first volume of the projected Tales of the Great Wheel of Existence series, The Armageddon Blues: A Tale of the Great Wheel of Existence (fixup 1988) (no further volumes have appeared). The story begins in an unremarkable Ruined Earth America featuring a not unusual mutant barbarian female who hunts ...

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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