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MacDonald, George

(1824-1905) Scottish author and editor, father of Ronald MacDonald and grandfather of Philip MacDonald, perhaps now best known for his fantasies for children and his fairy tales [see Checklist]. His former occupation as a clergyman was reflected in his allegorical fantasies: Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women (1858), comprising a Pilgrim's Progress through a secondary world in search of adulthood; and Lilith: A Romance (1895; rev vt Lilith: A Romance: With Introductory Key, a ...

Price, Grant

(1987-    ) UK translator and author resident in Germany whose first sf novel, By the Feet of Men (2019), is set mostly in a Near Future northern Europe after the sudden domino effects of Climate Change have devastated the planet. Its two protagonists embark on a hegira from Germany to Italy to deliver medical supplies to a Keep containing scientists attempting to retro-engineer the Disaster that has come close to bringing about the End of the World. Their adventures and ...

Lewis, Jeffrey

(?   -    ) US academic, expert on nuclear nonproliferation and convenor of the Arms Control Wonk blog and podcast, occasionally billed as Dr Jeffrey Lewis or Jeffrey Lewis, PhD, seemingly to distinguish him from a screenwriter of the same name. His early work, such as What if Space Were Weaponized?: possible consequences for crisis scenarios (2004), often skirts around Prediction and Futures Studies, concentrating on space programmes and likely spin-offs in ...

McCaffrey, Gigi

Working name of Georgeanne Johnson (1959-    ), US author, daughter of Anne McCaffrey and sister of Todd McCaffrey, who has contributed to her family's creation and prolongation of the complex Pern sequence with Dragon's Code: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern (2018). The story deals with states of internal and external exile suffered by survivors and descendants of the last Invasion of the corrosive, mindlessly destructive spores from space (see Panspermia) known as ...

Lawrence, Henry L

(1908-1990) UK author whose The Children of Light (1960) deals with the effects of radiation as inflicted upon children to make them immune to the effects of nuclear Holocaust. It was used as the basis for a 1961 film, The Damned, directed by Joseph Losey (1909-1984). [JC/PN]

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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