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Lighthall, W D

(1857-1954) Canadian politician, lawyer and author, of whose several novels The Master of Life: A Romance of the Five Nations and of Prehistoric Montreal (1908) is of some sf interest for its argument that the historical sixteenth-century (or earlier) creation of the Five Nations – a grouping of Native American cultures, also known as the Iroquois League – was inspired by an earlier nation-forming culture now so obscure that it constitutes a Lost Race. [JC]

Pygaster, Cal I

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Sex tale, Zero Gravity Swap (1970), which is set in space. The presumed pseudonym appears to be derived from "callipygean", i.e. having attractively shaped buttocks. [JC/DRL]

Kanbe Musashi

Pseudonym of Jun Sakagami (1948-    ), Japanese author and sometime Radio host whose work often crosses over into the absurd. A graduate in Sociology from the Kansai Academy, he went to work in advertising after college. His short story debut "Kessen: Nippon Series" ["Battle: Japan Series"] (January 1975 S-F Magazine) was a Satire in which the sporting rivalry between two Baseball teams is taken to violent extremes. He became a contributor to Yasutaka Tsutsui's fanzine Neo ...

Johns, Stratford

(1925-2002) South African actor, in the UK from 1948; best known for his long stint as Barlow in the BBC television police procedural series Z Cars, and its sequels and spin-offs, between 1962 and 1976. His sf novel for Young Adult readers, Gumphlumph (1966), about an Alien visitor to Earth, is of modest interest. [JC]

Glass, Mrs Charles Wilder

(1874-?   ) US spirit medium and author, whose claim to have co-authored her three novels with a dead doctor whose spirit had been transported to Mars has not been corroborated; these novels, written in the belief that Percival Lowell had demonstrated the existence of canals on Mars, are Ruth's Marriage in Mars: A Scientific Novel (1912), Romance in Starland: A Scientific Novel (1915) and Her Invisible Spirit Mate: A Scientific Novel and Psychological Lessons on How to Make the ...

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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