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Cox, Luther

(1925-1977) US engineer, salesman and author whose sf novel is The Earth Is Mine (1968), in which a familiar Shaggy God Story version of the Origin of Man is outlined: we are the Post-Holocaust descendants of long-ago settlers from another planet. Exploration of this theory leads to UFO contact and a visit to the other world. [DRL/JC]

Godwin, Francis

(1562-1633) UK bishop and author, most noted for his striking description of a lunar Utopia in the posthumously and anonymously published The Man in the Moone: Or A Discourse of a Voyage Thither by Domingo Gonsales, the Speedy Messenger (1638). There is considerable debate over the date of composition, some suggesting it was written as early as 1588 after Godwin heard Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) lecture at Oxford, though most recent theories suggest it was written shortly before his death. ...

Hunt, Stephen

(1966-    ) Canadian author now in the UK who was involved with the online Newszine SFcrowsnest from 1991 to 2000; he publishes nonfantastic work as by Stephen A Hunt. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Strange Intervention of Sir WWW" in ProtoStellar #2 for 1991; his first novel, For the Crown & the Dragon (1993), set in an Alternate History version of the Napoleonic Wars, established an unpenetrating but attractive Equipoisal model for much of his ...

Gnome Press

US specialist Small Press founded in 1948 by Martin Greenberg and David A Kyle. It was the most eminent of the fan publishers of sf, and produced 86 books over the following decade or so, mostly novels. Within the limits of this very moderate output, it published many of the major sf authors, and in some cases, as with Robert E Howard's Conan series (published in 6 books 1950-1955) and Isaac Asimov's Foundation series (published in 3 books 1951-1953), was responsible for the manner in which ...

Murnane, Gerald

(1939-    ) Australian author, highly regarded in his native land for his experimental short stories and novels, such as Tamarisk Row (1974). Murnane's meditative style, and a sense that for him language makes the world, bears comparison with Jorge Luis Borges. He disclaims any connection with sf, but has written several sf fictions using Alternate History conventions. In The Plains (1982) the narrator enters an alternate Australia: an inland feudal society, whose ...

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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