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MacBride, Stuart B

(?   -    ) Scottish author, mostly of thrillers from 2005 as Stuart MacBride, and of an sf thriller, Halfhead (2009), set in a moderately distant Near Future Glasgow a decade after violent social upheavals, caused by excesses of Virtual Reality, have killed millions; in the Dystopian aftermath of this, criminals (see Crime and Punishment) are lobotomized, mutilated, transformed into workers. A plot involving a mutilated but still functional serial killer then ...

Mills-Malet, Vincent

(?   -?   ) UK author in whose sf novel, The Meteoric Benson: A Romance of Actuality (1912), Benson uses his Invention of an aerostat (or helicopter) to frighten the Germans, and subsequently the entire world, into peace (see Pax Aeronautica), and gains the hand of the peer's daughter he loves. [JC]

Piper, H Beam

(1904-1964) US author and gun collector, employed as a detective on the Pennsylvania Railroad until made redundant in the mid-1950s. Though he wrote for other genres, he is best remembered for his sf, much of which appeared in Astounding from 1947, when he began with "Time and Time Again" (April 1947 Astounding). Though he shared John W Campbell Jr's views on various fields of interest, including Politics and General Semantics, and clearly had a Campbellian sense of the appropriate kind of ...

Dasgupta, Rana

(1971-    ) UK-born author now resident in India whose first book, Tokyo Cancelled (coll of linked stories 2005), presents a series of Club Story tales told by thirteen passengers stranded overnight in an airport because snow has forced the cancellation of their flight to Tokyo. The tales themselves – as befit narratives told by displaced citizens of the contemporary world – are exceedingly various, running from mundane fiction to fairy tale to fantasy and sf. ...

Higginson, H W

(?   -?   ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond The Elixir (1930 chap), a Superman story published by Hugo Gernsback in his Science Fiction Series. The eponymous Drug massively increases intelligence in those to whom it is fed; but deadly conflicts ensue. [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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