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Caveney, Philip

(1951-    ) UK advertising copywriter and author, primarily of horror and Young Adult fantasy, beginning with his first novel, The Sins of Rachel Ellis (1978), a Timeslip tale. Two of his series are fantasy: the Sebastian Darke sequence beginning with Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (2007), whose protagonist is a half-elf jester; and the Alec Devlin sequence beginning with The Eye of the Serpent (2008). The Movie Maniacs sequence beginning with Night on Terror Island (2011) ...

Lamb, Harold

(1892-1962) US author, active from 1917 in Pulp magazines, often in early years writing as H A Lamb; he began publishing action stories in Adventure, beginning with "Khlit", the first of his long Cossack sequence, starring the aged but redoubtable warrior Khlit who featured in many of them; the sequence – comprised of fantastic tales technically nonfantastic solely because Lamb did not set them in an imaginary world, or evoke the supernatural directly – was a strong and acknowledged ...

Younghusband, Francis

(1863-1942) UK soldier, explorer, journalist and author, now notorious (though praised at the time) for his almost certainly unauthorized invasion of Tibet in 1903-1904 (see Imperialism), in which it is estimated (perhaps exaggeratedly) that up to a thousand Tibetan monks were killed for each British soldier who died; too old for active combat in World War One, he helped form a ginger group advocating its ruthless continuation. Younghusband later became a spiritualist, an influence on Lord ...

McConchie, Lyn

(1946-    ) New Zealand author and farmer long active in Fandom, who began to publish professionally with "The Sar Shan Kelpie" in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy for Winter 1991 and has since been prolific in short fiction. Her first novel-length work was a Tie to Andre Norton's Witch World franchise, The Key of the Keplian (1994); this and its three successors – including The Duke's Ballad (2005), which won New Zealand's Sir Julius Vogel Award – were wholly ...

Gray, Andrew Neil

(1968-    ) Scottish-born teacher and author, in Canada from childhood, the partner of J S Herbison. His early work, including stories assembled as Small Accidents (coll 2001), was nonfantastic; he is of sf interest for The Ghost Line (2017) with J S Herbison, a Space Opera set on a decommissioned Earth-Mars cruise ship, which now contains an Alien being which has become mysteriously co-existent with the Martian Queen, threatening the protagonists' attempts to loot it. ...

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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