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Hoyne, Thomas Temple

(1875-1946) US author, a popularizer of Economics topics, and author of Intrigue on the Upper Level: A Story of Crime, Love, Adventure and Revolt in 2050 A.D. (1934), in which a primitive, hierarchical, gangster-run capitalist society is riven by discontent among the lower orders, and is eventually overthrown. [JC]

Smyth, Clifford

(1866-1943) US editor of the New York Times Book Review 1913-1922, and author of The Gilded Man: A Romance of the Andes (1918), a Lost Race tale featuring the discovery of a living Incan civilization deep Underground beneath the South American Andes, boasting the high Technology necessary to maintain life in this redoubt, the Power Source for this being a miniature burning sun composed entirely of radium (see Elements). The land is ruled by a She figure who had fallen in love with the ...

Walker, W H

Pseudonym of UK-born surveyor, politician, journalist and author George Ranken (1827-1895), mainly in Australia from 1851; some of his journalism was published as by Capricornus. The Invasion (1877) as by W H Walker relocates the Battle of Dorking mode to Australia, where a Near Future Invasion by Russia is expeditiously repulsed by the savvy Australian soldiery. [JC]

Raymond, Ben

(?   -    ) US author of an sf novel, The Miracle of the Foomtra (1968), which involves Sex. [JC]

Croft, Herbert

(1751-1816) UK barrister, lexicographer and author, best known for a nonfantastic roman à clef, Love and Madness (1780). He is of sf interest for the Kilkhampton series of Satirical sketches beginning with The Abbey of Kilkhampton; Or, Monumental Records for the Year 1980 (1780) [for further details see Checklist below]. Not specifically tied to this sequence, The Wreck of Westminster Abbey, Alias the Year 2000 (1788 chap) [for subtitle see Checklist below] continues in the same vein. ...

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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