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Colombo, John Robert

(1936-    ) Canadian author and editor of over 80 books, notably anthologies of Canadiana and works of popular reference, the most important volume of this sort with general interest being the large Colombo's Canadian References (1976). Books with sf relevance include: CDN SF&F: A Bibliography of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (1979 chap) with Michael Richardson, Alexandre L Amprimoz and John Bell; Blackwood's Books: A Bibliography Devoted to Algernon Blackwood ...

Vivenair, Monsieur

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of A Journey Lately Performed through the Air, in an Aerostatic Globe [for full title see Checklist below] (1784 chap), a Proto-Sf Fantastic Voyage by Balloon to the planet Georgium Sidus, which is the name originally given on its 1781 discovery to Uranus (see Outer Planets).Georgium Sidus is in this tale, however, closely resembles the Moon, always showing the same face to the Earth, and relatively nearby. The ...

Bilal, Enki

Working name of Yugoslavian-born Comics illustrator, film director and author Enes Bilalović (1951-    ), in France from 1960; a very distinctive, innovative and original creator of sensuous, decadent futures. He attended the Académie des Beaux Arts briefly in the early 1970s. In 1971 he won a competition to create an sf Comic-strip story run by the magazine Pilote, in which he subsequently published a number of strips later collected in book form as L'appel des ...

Meier, Paul

(1945-    ) US psychiatrist, "father of the Christian Psychology movement", and author whose novels – the Millennium sequence including The Third Millennium (1993); plus The Fourth Millennium (1996) and Beyond the Millennium (2008), both with Robert L Wise – mix fantasy and sf together, or rather re-interpret sf tropes in Christian terms, so that although the Apocalypse and the End of the World may initially seem to wear an sf face, the actual outcomes are ...

Carter, Tremlett

(1866-1903) Indian-born author, in the UK from childhood, whose works include at least one technical study of electrical machinery, and The People of the Moon (1895), an sf novel containing a narrative of life inside the hollow Moon that has been conveyed by Antigravity device to a man on Earth. Within the Moon may be found Monsters galore, Airships, Food Pills, Force Fields that – anticipating Frank Herbert's Dune (1965) – block only fast-moving objects, Matter Transmission; all ...

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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