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La Hire, Jean de

Pseudonym of French author Adolphe d'Espie (1878-1956) who began his prolific career before 1900, publishing mainly as by La Hire, though he also wrote as by Commandant Cazal, Edmond Cazal, André Laumière, Arsène Lefort, John Vinegrower and Alexandre Zorka; he published many works of sf interest over the next half century or so, including La Roue Fulgurante (1908; trans Brian Stableford as The Fiery Wheel 2013), which Stableford in his introduction claims is the first sf ...

Mayo, The Earl of

Working name of Irish politician and author, Dermot Robert Wyndham Bourke (1851-1927), 7th Earl of Mayo, whose Future War novel, The War Cruise of the "Aries" (1894), pits Britain against France, the battle turning on the use of a new Invention, a kind of mobile battering ram the size of a ship. [JC]

Alien Nine

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (2001-2002). Original title Eirian Nain. Based on the Manga by Hitoshi Tomizawa. J.C.Staff. Directed by Jiro Fujimoto and Yasuhiro Irie. Written by Sadayuki Murai. Voice cast includes Aya Hisakawa, Juri Ihata, Rei Sakuma, Kaori Shimizu and Noriko Shitaya. Four 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Twelve-year-old Yuri Otani's (Ihata) class elects her to be one of that year's Alien fighters. A trio, the school's other fighters are strong-willed Kumi Kawamura ...

Davis, Nathan, Capt

US author (?   -    ) of whom nothing is known – it is possible he is either a descendant of the Captain Nathan Davis (?   -1844) from Virginia who served in the War of 1812, or borrowed his name – beyond his authorship of a Utopia, Beulah: Or, A Parable of Social Regeneration (1904), which posits a future based on Christian socialism. [JC]

Richardson, Benjamin Ward

(1828-1896) UK physician and author, eminent in the former capacity, for which he was knighted in 1893. He published and edited many medical studies, and pioneered the development of safe anaesthetics; an offshoot of these activities was the nonfictional Hygeia: A City of Health (1876), which describes a Utopia whose hygiene is spotless. As an author of fiction, he is some sf interest for The Son of a Star: A Romance of the Second Century (1888 3vols), set in second-century Roman Britain, in ...

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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