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Gask, Arthur

(1869-1951) UK-born dental surgeon and author who began his latter career in the early 1921, after his 1920 move to Australia. Among his many detective thrillers are two tales of some sf interest, The Red Paste Murders (1924; vt Murder in the Night 1932), the eponymous chemical being of borderline-sf composition, and The Fall of a Dictator (1939), which ventures into the Near Future. [JC]

Watt, Laura

(?   -    ) US journalist and author whose Carry Me Back (1997) is a Time Travel tale whose protagonist goes back to a hypnotic (and toxic) 1951, late in the short life of Hank Williams (1923-1 January 1953); the time travel fades into the background and (though there is a romantic element) the music takes over. [JC]

Kaye, Terry

Collaborative pseudonym of Brian Hannant, Terry Hayes and George Miller. This was used only for Mad Max (1979; vt Mad Max 1 1985), which novelizes Miller's Post-Holocaust film Mad Max (1979). [JC/DRL]


Cardboard models-based Wargame (1984). FASA. Designed by Jordan Weisman. / One of the most commercially successful wargaming franchises ever created, BattleTech transplanted the human-piloted giant Mecha robots of Japanese Anime to a gritty far future setting of constant war. The original game is set during the thirty-first century, when hundreds of years of conflict have reduced an interstellar civilization centred on Earth to a collection of antagonistic feudal Houses which have forgotten ...

McAllister, Peter

(1965-    ) Australian anthropologist and author, usually of books for younger children; of sf interest is Cosmonaut (2001), a Near Future murder mystery set on a space station where Americans and Russians cohabit uneasily. [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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