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Léourier, Christian

(1948-    ) French author, author of Les montagnes du soleil (1972; trans anon as The Mountains of the Sun 1973), an interesting socio-anthropological novel mapping the rediscovery of Earth after a cataclysmic deluge (see Disaster; Religion; Ruins and Futurity). Léourier has since written principally for children. [MJ]

Regnas, C

Pseudonym of UK barrister and author Charles Percy Sanger (1871-1930) – ie, Regnas backwards – whose Utopia, The Land of Nison [or "no sin"] (1906) is a Hollow Earth tale, whose protagonist, tumbling downwards into the land beneath, finds a mirror world which features minimal government, recognition of the inferiority of women (see Women in SF), and some advances in Technology. [JC]

Pain, Barry

(1864-1928) UK author active from the 1880s, best known for the supernatural tales assembled in volumes like Stories in the Dark (coll 1901) and Stories in Grey (coll 1911), and for humorous fiction in which he uneasily condescended to the lower orders, the best known of these being the nonfantastic Eliza tales. He frequently made slanting use of sf devices and motifs, as in The Octave of Claudius (1897), whose protagonist submits, for a large sum, to a Mad Scientist's mysterious experiment ...

Bynum, Laura

(1968-    ) US author of the Near Future Dystopian Veracity (2009 ebook), set in a post-Disaster world dominated by a right-wing male tyranny known as the Confederation of the Willing, whose control over the lives of its oppressed citizens focuses particularly on women (see Feminism; Women in SF). The Confederation's obsessional control over even uttering a forbidden word – an implanted chip, when a forbidden word is spoken, gives the offender an electrical shock ...


US Semiprozine published in letter-size format by Unique Graphics, Oakland, California and edited by Millea Kenin. Five issues, undated, from early 1981 to Spring 1986, though the final issue appeared three years after the previous. It bore the subtitle "Alternative Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy", as it sought to be a market for those stories that found no home elsewhere. Most of the stories were, in fact, fantasy or supernatural, and most of the science fiction imagery emerged in ...

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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