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Calkins, Dick

Working name of US Comic-strip illustrator Richard T Calkins (1894-1962), who was born in Grand Rapids and studied at the Art Institute in Chicago. Beginning in 1929, Philip Francis Nowlan scripted and Calkins illustrated Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, a comic strip based on Nowlan's "Armageddon – 2419 A.D." (August 1928 Amazing) and "The Airlords of Han" (March 1929 Amazing), later published together as Armageddon – 2419 AD (1962). Some sources describe Calkins as an uncredited ...

Miller, Warren H

(1876-1960) US author who specialized in fiction for boys, in particular the Boy Explorers sequence, of which The Boy Explorers in Darkest New Guinea (1921), The Boy Explorers in Borneo (1922), The Boy Explorers and the Ape-Man of Sumatra (1923) and The Boy Explorers on Tiger Trails in Burma (1925) all feature Lost World elements, the third volume also incorporating Apes as Human material. Singletons, also with lost world venues, include Red Mesa: A Tale of the Southwest (1923), The Black ...

Bruce, Stewart E

(?   -    ) US author on political issues from a leftwing point of view; his Utopia, The World in 1931 (1921) recklessly – in hindsight – suggests that the outcome of the bitterness and injustices that World War One intensified would be a pacific socialist commonwealth. [JC]

Topol, Allan

(1941-    ) US lawyer and author, usually of nonfantastic (though occasionally implausible) political thrillers; of sf interest is The Fourth of July War (1978), a Near Future tale in which America, threatened by attempts by OPEC to jump up the price of oil (again), mounts a successful Invasion of the Middle East, and saves cheap oil for the world. [JC]

Follett, Ken

Working name of UK author Kenneth Martin Follett (1949-    ), not to be confused with his cousin James Follett, best-known for extremely successful thrillers like Storm Island (1978; vt The Eye of the Needle 1978), but who, under pseudonyms, has also written some sf, mostly in his apprentice years. The Power Twins and the Worm Puzzle: A Science Fantasy for Young People (1976) as by Martin Martinsen is a juvenile; Amok: King of Legend (1976) as by Bernard L Ross is a marginal ...

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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