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Levene, Malcolm

(1937-1973) UK author, in Australia from the 1960s, whose Carder's Paradise (1968) describes the mixed blessings of Automation: a completely automated society whose inhabitants are kept busy by complex entertainments. [JC]

Lostetter, Marina J

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Rats Will Run" in Mirror Shards: Volume Two (anth 2012) edited by Thomas K Carpenter; the tale is included in Lifeboats: Three Short Stories of Space Travel and Epic Discovery (coll 2017 ebook). She came to wide attention with the Noumenon sequence beginning with Noumenon (2017), which begins on Earth in the moderately distant-Near-Future Earth of 2088, a time when it has at last become ...

Prugovečki, Eduard

(1937-2003) Romanian-born physicist and author, in Canada from 1965; of sf interest are his two Utopias, Memoirs of the Future (2001), which rather abstractly describes a good and a bad world to come, affirming throughout the value of science when applied correctly; and Dawn of the New Man (2002), set in a vaguely-described distant Near Future where the good and the less good are described in terms of an openness to Sex: a Dystopia known as the Free World Federation is cured from within by ...

Abernathy, Robert

(1924-1990) US teacher and author who began to publish his short fiction with "Heritage" for Astounding in June 1942, and whose work – about 40 stories overall – appeared regularly in the sf magazines until 1956. During the 1940s, his most consistent market was Planet Stories, for which he wrote such stories as "Peril of the Blue World" (Winter 1942 Planet Stories), "Saboteur of Space" (Spring 1944 Planet Stories) and "The Dead-Star Rover" (Winter 1949 Planet Stories); later work ...

Kennicott, Ada M

(1860-1926) US author of Under Red Pillars (1902), a Lost World tale couched as a retelling of European fairy tales, at least one episode taking place in a Hollow Earth venue. [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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