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Henry, W O

(1858-?   ) US physician and author whose Equitania: Or, the Land of Equity (1914) is a minor but pleasingly put Utopia in the mode of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), though set on a Pacific Island originally colonized by Europeans, Asians and Americans looking for a better life. [JC]

Greengrass, Jessie

(1982-    ) UK author some of whose shorter fiction, most of which has been assembled as An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It (coll 2015), is sf or fantasy, including "Winter, 2058", about a kind of Alien Invasion conducted via nodes where time is dislocated (see Time Distortion). The disquisitional elements in her first novel Sight (2018) evoke but do not directly exploit the topoi of Fantastika. / Greengrass is of specific sf interest ...

Monster Mania

Letter-sized, saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on middle-grade paper stock. Published by Renaissance Productions, New York. Three issues, October 1966 to April 1967. Editor: Russ Jones. / This was co-published by the artist/editor Russ Jones (1942-    ) and Lee Irgang as a maturely oriented competitor to Forrest J Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland from Warren Publishing, where Jones had previously created the black-and-white Comics-format magazine Creepy ...

Remenham, John

Pseudonym of UK physician and author John Alexander Vlasto (1877-1958), whose The Lurking Shadow (1946) is a Doppelganger tale clearly derived from Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). The Peacemaker (1947) is a Near Future tale whose protagonist, an arms manufacturer who wants to put his huge fortune to good use, decides to create universal peace. Under his own name, Vlasto wrote several thrillers. [JC]

Ashwell, Pauline

Pseudonym of UK author Pauline Whitby (1926-2015), whose first book, Little Red Steamer (1941 chap), is a children's Fantasy, and who began writing sf at the age of fourteen with "Invasion from Venus" as Paul Ashwell for the small British magazine Yankee Science Fiction #21 in July 1942. Her real career, however, started with the stories she began to publish in Astounding as Pauline Ashwell, plus at least seven further stories appearing in that magazine as by Paul Ash. (She also published ...

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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