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Cowper, Richard

Pseudonym of UK author John Middleton Murry Jr (1926-2002), son of the famous critic; Cowper also published four non-sf novels under the name Colin Murry, beginning with The Golden Valley (1958); and, as Colin Middleton Murry – Colin being an early nickname, though he was normally addressed as John – two autobiographical volumes, One Hand Clapping (1975; vt I at the Keyhole 1975), which deals mainly with his relationship with his difficult, intense, eccentric father, and Shadows on ...

Shegelski, Mark R A

(1957-    ) Canadian physicist, teacher and author whose first book, Remembering the Future (coll of linked stories 2009), ingeniously deploys problems in Physics and other sciences as challenges to the protagonist of the tales here assembled; he has discovered that he suffers from a form of Precognition, so that he finds himself (as it were) in the "past" of future events he might wish to change. But Time Paradoxes, and other principles governing the ineluctable reality of ...

Redfinn, Michael

(?   -    ) US author of Being (1988), an sf novel in which UFOs are proved to exist, justifying general Paranoia, as there has been a conspiracy to conceal them. [JC]

Maras, Karl

A House Name of the London publishers Comyns/Paladin Press, used twice by Kenneth Bulmer and once by Peter Hawkins. [JC/DRL]

Churchill, A T

(?   -?   ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond his authorship of The New Industrial Dawn (1939), a Sleeper Awakes tale in which a Utopia is discovered, constructed on Eugenic lines, and featuring as form of state capitalism that brings abundance to all. [JC/MA]

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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