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The legend of Atlantis, an advanced civilization on a continent (or large Island) in the middle of the Atlantic which was overwhelmed by some geological cataclysm, has its earliest extant source in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias (circa 350 BCE). The legend can be seen as a parable of the Fall of Man, and writers who have since embroidered the story have generally shown less interest in the cataclysm itself than ...

Jade, Symon

Pseudonym of US author Michael Eckstrom (?   -    ), responsible for the Starship Orpheus sequence of Space Opera adventures, in which a rebel warship flees a repressive galactic empire, and engages in gadfly enterprises: Return from the Dead (1982), Cosmic Carnage (1983) and Alter Evil (1983). The series seems to have been terminated. [JC]

Owen, Maurice

(1925-2008) Australian wholesaling company manager, resident in New Zealand for many years, and author of an sf tale for Robert Hale Limited: The White Mantle (1967), in which radical Climate Change – a new ice age – is set off by an Asteroid. [JC]

Richards, Charles Napier

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel, Atalanta; Or, Twelve Months in the Evening Star (1909), whose five protagonists experiment in Space Flight with a ship whose complex new Power Source – the Invention of one of them – works as an Antigravity device. They reach Venus, one hemisphere ...

Malraux, André

(1901-1976) French statesman, adventurer and author whose La Voie royale (1930; trans Stuart Gilbert as The Royal Way 1935) conveys a slightly peripheral Lost World atmosphere as its spiritually ambitious protagonist travel further and further into a heart of darkness in Cambodia and Laos, searching for a mysterious lost guru. [JC]

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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