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Leonard, George H

(1921-2018) US public health administrator and author who served in World War Two from 1941 to 1945 and began to publish work of genre interest with Sexmax (1969) as by Hughes Cooper, a modestly erotic novel in which love and Sex perturb a Computer-controlled Dystopia. His sf novel under his own name, Alien (1977; vt Alien Quest 1981), explores competently – but without much energy – the conventions of the sf adventure tale; it is unconnected to the 1979 film Alien, whose release ...

O'Grady, Standish James

(1846-1928) Irish editor, controversialist and author, whose opinions straddled (and were an irritant to) a large range of opinion about the fate of Ireland. His works of history being unpopular for reason of contentiousness, he created a thematically connected array of novels, beginning with Finn and His Companions (1891) (a tale for children) and The Coming of Cuculain: A Romance of the Heroic Age of Ireland (1894), in all of which the history of Ireland is recast in legendary terms. / ...

Emanuel, Walter

(1869-1915) UK solicitor and author mostly active around the turn of the century in the short-lived English humour magazine, The Butterfly, the first of whose dog books was A Dog Day or The Angel in the House (1902), a diary kept by a dog. Of some sf interest is One Hundred Years Hence: Being Some Extracts from the Hourly Mail of A.D. 2000 (1911 chap), which comprises a spoof newspaper by means of which mild aspersions are cast on contemporary life, a mode of Satire modestly popular in ...

Collins, Mortimer

(1827-1876) UK poet and author, moderately prolific in various genres; one collection of poetry, The Inn of Strange Meetings and Other Poems (coll 1871), contains Arthurian material. His three novels of sf interest are each of only tangential interest, but are good examples of how sf could be used in nineteenth-century Britain to avoid the implications of scientific discoveries like Evolution. Miranda: A Midsummer Madness (1873 3vols) makes passing reference to an Amazonian Lost World and a ...

Etheridge, Rutledge

(1949-2017) US author who served in the US Navy on nuclear submarines; his first professional sale, at the age of seven, was a poem for Look magazine in 1956. He is of sf interest for two energetic adventure series: the Duelist sequence, beginning with Legend of the Duelist (1993), which is Military SF featuring bounty hunters who plan to exploit an outbreak of interstellar War; and the Agent sequence, beginning with Agent of Destruction (1996), which features a teenage girl spy who thwarts ...

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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