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Linbach, Gustave

Apparent pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Azrael of Anarchy (1894), set in a Near Future England subverted by an anarchist conspiracy against the realm led by Sir Dunstan Gryme, whose experiments with and Inventions of new Poisons (which he uses ruthlessly) make him seem at first little more than a Mad Scientist. But after he instigates a cholera epidemic and an Invasion, causing the government to topple and the Queen to escape into ...


This thematic topic is closely linked to that of Discovery (which see), but has a considerably broader scope since sf inventions are not necessarily based on brand-new discoveries but can result from a synthesis of existing principles by Scientists, Mad Scientists, or (frequently) a Common Man with a lucky insight. Further entries with substantial discussion of inventions include Edisonade, Imaginary Science, Machines, Power Sources, Prediction, Technology and Transportation. There is also a ...

Steiber, Ellen

(1955-    ) US author initially and primarily associated with her contribution to two Shared World series of Ties to the Television series The X-Files, The X-Files Young Readers Series beginning with The X-Files #4: Squeeze (1996), and The X-Files Young Adult Series beginning with The X-Files: Eve (1997) and ending with The X-Files: Haunted (2000), which is number fifteen in that overall series. These series are for the Young Adult market. Her first standalone novel, A Rumor ...

Tabori, George

Working name of Hungarian-born theatre director and playwright Gyorgi Tábori (1914-2007), brother of Paul Tabori, in UK from 1935, a UK citizen from 1941. He is not of direct sf interest, though his novels and plays set in World War Two, especially those dealing with the Holocaust, are so enraged and extreme in their telling that they seem fantastic; but they are not. [JC]

Wehrenberg, Charles

(1944-    ) US engineer and author, active in the latter capacity from the late 1960s. Most of his work, some of it evocatively flagrant, is nonfantastic, like the exorbitant historical thriller Oda's Web (1995), beginning the Perret series featuring a rampageous spy; though some of the stories assembled as Radio Reactive Apples: Stories (coll 1995) edgily evoke elements of Fantastika. WillBall (1995), is based on a Videogame whose heroine conducts ruthless battles, often ...

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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