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O'Neill, Henry J

(1859-1926) Welsh-born lawyer and author, in the US from 1869; his sf novel, The Travels of John Wryland [for full title see Checklist] (1903), is a Fantastic Voyage tale centring on a Lost Race in Tibet, an authoritarian Dystopia viewed with disfavour by Wryland. [JC]

Fleming, A M

(1858-1948) US author known mainly for his sf-like Munchausen tale, Captain Kiddle: A Fantastic Romance (1889), in which the captain recounts to an interviewer his trip to the Arctic, where he and his crew are imprisoned by Lost Race of giants (see Great and Small), but escape and – after experiences with the Fountain of Youth and a very large serpent – discover an ancient City at the North Pole and fly back to civilization on a tame giant bird. His further novels are pure tall-tale ...

Hine, Muriel

(circa 1874-1949) UK author whose The Seven Lovers and Other Tales (coll 1927) contains some fantasy, and whose The Island Forbidden to Man (1946) seems to espouse the feminist Utopia hinted at in the title (see Feminism), but does not give the Island civilization espoused long for this world. [JC]

Buchholz, Jason

(circa 1975-    ) US editor, artist and author, whose Hapa background – a term used in California to designate persons whose ethnic background includes an Asian or Pacific Islander strain – infuses his first novel, A Paper Son (2016), set primarily in very Near Future San Francisco (see California) after a month-long storm has inundated the city (see Disaster). Subtly but explicitly, a pattern of waters, under signs of birth, dislocating travel and death, fuses ...

Herbert, A P

(1890-1971) UK humorist, author and politician – an Independent MP from 1935 to 1950. He was prolific for 60 years after he began publishing light verse in Punch, some of it fantastic, around 1910. From 1917 his Punch work was signed A.P.H. The Secret Battle (1919) – a nonfantastic novel about the judicial murder by the British army of an officer whose tactical savvy is misinterpreted by his privileged senior – reflected the effect World War One had upon him after three years ...

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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