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Hughes, Riley

(1914-1981) US author of a Ruined Earth tale, The Hills Were Liars (1955), an avowedly Catholic tale in which eight believers, many decades after the terminal wars begin in the 1960s, attempt to work out a way for the human species to survive under God. [JC]

Wood, Tat

(?   -    ) Author, initially in collaboration with Lawrence Miles, of The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who, a nonfiction companion to the Television series Doctor Who whose first-published volume is About Time 3: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who – Seasons 7 to 11 (2004) with Miles. [DRL]

Klass, David

(1960-    ) US screenwriter and author, son of occasional sf short story writer Morton Klass (1927-2001), nephew of Philip Klass (William Tenn) and brother of Judy Klass, who began publishing short fiction with "Ringtoss" for Seventeen in 1978. Of his fiction, much of which has been written for Young Adult readers, the Caretaker sequence – comprising Firestorm (2006), Whirlwind (2008) and Timelock (2009) – sends its young protagonist via Time Travel back to our ...

Penrice, Arthur

Pseudonym of UK author George Theodosius Boughton Kyngdon (1821-1916). The narrator of Skyward and Earthward (1875), whose name is Arthur Penrice, travels to the Moon in an advanced Balloon, where he discovers a race of Telepaths living in caves; Penrice then travels to Mars, also inhabited. The second half of the tale is set tamely back on Earth. [JC]

Williamson, Robert H

(?   -?   ) UK author whose only known novel, The Sweetness of Revenge (1904) is an adventure with sf elements, including the Invention of an advanced Machine; any Near Future implications of the tale, which takes place mostly at sea, are only dubiously to be inferred. [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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