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Peters, Ralph

(1952-    ) US soldier (1976-1998, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel), television columnist on Fox News (after the Wikileaks scandal, he advocated the assassination of its perpetrator, Julian Assange), and War author whose Red Army (1989), a Near Future tale told from a Russian point of view, depicts the USSR defeating NATO forces as World War Three picks up momentum. Reversing field, The War in 2020 (1991) depicts a Soviet Union facing defeat in the far East, and ...

Allington, Patrick

(?   -    ) Australian journalist and author whose first novel, the nonfantastic Figurehead (2009), is a political thriller whose narrative develops the implications of the Pol Pot massacres in Cambodia from 1975. He is of sf interest for his second novel, Rise & Shine (2020), set in an abstract, desiccated Near Future world where, after catastrophic Ecological collapse (see Climate Change), only a rump of humanity remains alive, housed in the two ...

Moulder, Victor

(1867-1949) US author of a Lost Race novel, Ophiris; Or, the Ophir of Solomon: A Story of Adventure & Love in the Land of the Incas (1902), set as its subtitle implies in the mountains of Brazil and Peru, where a civilization descended from the Incan empire is discovered; the tale interjects some occult Solomonic material. [JC]


US Comic-book series by writer Warren Ellis and artist John Cassaday, published by Wildstorm Comics (which later became an imprint of DC Comics). The series ran for 27 issues and was published sporadically from April 1999 to October 2009. Three additional issues outside the main series, one of which crossed over with Batman, were also published in 2000, 2002 and 2003; two of these were drawn by other artists. / The series revolves around Planetary, a team of "Archaeologists of the ...

von Lucadou, Julia

(1982-    ) German who is professionally active in the Television industry; an author whose first novel, Die Hochhausspringerin (2018; trans Sharmila Cohen as The High-Rise Diver 2021), is set in a very Near Future Dystopian world marked by an intense surveillance capitalism. The protagonists of the tale, the eponymous athlete and her struggling minder, are increasingly understood as fungibles in a world system that allows them no psychic privacy, which is seen as theft (see ...

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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