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The first serious Canadian sf work was James de Mille's posthumously published A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder (1888). In this Utopian satire, set in a Lost World, Western values are inverted (criminals are regarded as diseased, the ill are imprisoned, dying is deemed more desirable than living). Successors of De Mille were Grant Allen and Robert Barr (the latter Scottish-born), expatriate Canadian writers who published early sf in London and New York rather than in Montreal or ...

Connington, J J

Pseudonym for all his fiction of Scots author and chemistry professor Alfred Walter Stewart (1880-1947), coiner of the term "isobar" in the sense which (complementing "isotope") describes elements of the same atomic weight but with different atomic numbers. As a writer, he is best known for his 25 detective novels and for his one sf novel, Nordenholt's Million (1923). An early story of world-Disaster being surmounted, it is realistic, reasoned, sociologically observed and credible. ...

Parowski, Maciej

(1946-2019) Polish author, editor, literary and film critic, co-author and popularizer of Comics and Graphic Novels, since 1982 closely connected with Fantastyka (the first Polish magazine entirely dedicated to Fantastika), which he co-founded and where he has been the editor of Polish fiction for the whole of its thirty-year existence. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he began his career as a journalist and editor with the students' weekly Politechnik. He made his debut as a writer in 1970 ...

Desmond, Shaw

(1877-1960) Irish author, poet, founder of the International Institute for Psychical Research in 1934, and author of many works on the afterlife and several Scientific Romances. Democracy (1919) predicts a Near Future revolution in the UK. The Dystopian Ragnarok (1926) envisages the destruction of civilization through a worldwide Future War fought by armies equipped with radio-controlled planes and poisonous gases, the narrative concentrating on the derring-do of futuristic fighter pilots. ...

Herbert, Edward G

(1869-1938) UK author of Newaera: A Socialist Romance, with a Chapter on Vaccination (1910). This novel describes a socialist Utopia which is founded on an isolated Island, but tragically fails. [JC]

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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