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Lanagan, Margo

(1960-    ) Australian author whose career – for those unlikely to register her earlier work for children and Young Adults published only in Australia – seems to be divided into two distinct parts. Under her own name, and writing as Melanie Carter, Mandy McBride, Gilly Lockwood and Belinda Hayes, Lanagan published a wide range of fiction in the 1990s, including Wildgame (1991), a Science Fantasy tale in which a live animal manifests through a video screen, and ...

Metaphysical Review, The

Australian Fanzine (1984-1998) edited, published, and written by Bruce Gillespie for Melbourne, Victoria. 29 issues. American quarto (letter-size) duplicated from #1 (July 1984) to #10 (March 1987); A4 photo-offset from #11/12/13 (November 1987) to #28/29 (August 1998). Average length 40pp to #10; 80pp thereafter. / Though Gillespie first used the title for 1969-1972 APA publications, the first of the main series appeared in 1984 as an intended replacement for his SF Commentary. After the ...

Bywater, Hector Charles

(1884-1940) UK journalist and author of influential works on the military applications of sea-power, and of a Future War novel on the same theme, The Great Pacific War: A History of the American-Japanese Campaign of 1931-1933 (1925), which quite remarkably predicts a massive Japanese surprise attack and early triumphs, and an ultimate American victory, the latter due in large part to an inexhaustible supply of energy, once the American navy began to shorten its extended supply lines through an ...

Keefer, Lowell B

(1884-1971) US author of Visitors from Outer Space (1969), in which Aliens impact Earth. [JC]

Teller, Astro

Working name of UK-born entrepreneur and author Eric Z Teller (1970-    ), in USA (his parents are American) from early childhood; he is of sf interest for Exegesis (1997), an epistolary novel comprising email correspondence between an AI and the woman striving to gain credit for (and intellectual property rights upon) its Invention. Some of the interactions depicted evoke echoes of the Frankenstein Monster's relationship to his morally defective creator; but in this case a ...

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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