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Sawyer, Walter Leon

(1862-1915) US journalist and author, usually for younger readers; the Jack Lorimer series, all as by Winn Standish, focused on sporting feats. Of sf interest is An Outland Journey (1896), in which a young lad finds himself in "Fairyland", which takes the form, strictly (if absurdly), of a rule-bound Utopia. But it is all a dream. [JC]

Dake, Charles Romeyn

(1849-1899) US homeopathic doctor, editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with his first venture into fiction, "The Limits of Imagination" (December 1892 Homeopathic News); his only other short story, also fantastically themed, is "The Death and Regeneration of Gerald Deane" (May 1893 Homeopathic News). His competent Lost-Race novel, A Strange Discovery (1899), is a Sequel by Other Hands to Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838; vt Arthur ...

Meyers, Marc André

(1946-    ) Brazilian metallurgist – a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Program, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego – and author, mostly of nonfiction work in his field; of sf interest is Mayan Mars (2005), set mostly in Mexico, where two plot lines converge: a virus imported from Mars creates a Pandemic that threatens to destabilize the world (see Biology; Disaster); and a growing ...

Wheeler, Harriet

(1858-1924) US author whose The Woman in Stone (1903) presents elegiacally, though not without convinced Christian condescension, the declining culture of the Ojibwe nation of Native Americans through a tale in which the discovery of the petrified body of a woman from ancient times opens into the description of a doomed Lost Race. [JC]

Hyder, Alan

Working name of Frederick Alan Hyder (?1895-1952), UK civil servant and author who according to biographical data on a 1936 dustjacket saw service in France in World War One and lived at various times in Egypt and the West Indies, perhaps Jamaica (where he set two novels and a lengthy sequence of stories); in youth he swapped the order of his birth names and preferred to be known as Alan Frederick Hyder. He was a prolific contributor of short fiction to the London Evening News (131 stories ...

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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