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Litt, Toby

(1968-    ) UK author, mostly of nonfantastic work, though some of the stories assembled in Adventures in Capitalism (coll 1996) apply metafictional estrangements (see Postmodernism and SF) to a world clearly porous to manipulation (see Media Landscape). Deadkidsongs (2001) similarly presses against thematic material – in this case an anticipated Russian Invasion – in a manner conspicuously close to allegory; and there are fantasy elements in Finding Myself ...

Lessner, Erwin

(1898-1959) Austrian journalist, soldier and author who escaped to the US from occupied Europe in 1941, becoming a naturalized US citizen in 1946. His telling Near Future Satire, Phantom Victory: The Fourth Reich 1945-1960 (1944), begins with the surrender of Hitler's double and the disappearance of the genuine Führer as his forces melt into the civilian background after Germany loses World War Two. Ten years later,a mysterious Messiah figure appears who calls himself the Supreme Shepherd, ...

Alhaiza, Adolphe

(1839-1922) French journalist and author, a disciple of the socialist philosopher Charles Fourier (1772-1839). Of sf interest is Cybèle, Voyage extraordinaire dans l'avenir (1891 as by Jean Chambon; trans Brian Stableford as Cybele: An Extraordinary Voyage into the Future 2013), in which a young man is transported by astral projection to the planet Cybèle, across the galaxy and identical to Earth, except for the fact that 6,000 years have passed here. He controls his astonishment ...

Tomerlin, John

(1930-2014) US screenwriter and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Alienation of Affection" in Science Fantasy for February 1957. Run from the Hunter (1957) with Charles Beaumont writing together as Keith Grantland is a nonfantastic thriller about a man on the run after being falsely convicted; it inspired the television series The Fugitive (1963-1967) and its successors, and was reissued in 2012 under the Beaumont and Tomerlin bylines. He scripted several films, including ...

Ogden, Aimee

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Light of the Moon, the Strength of the Storm, the Warmth of the Sun" in Frozen Fairy Tales (anth 2015) edited by Kate Wolford. Her first-written novel, Local Star (2021), combines Space Opera action, partly set in a Space Habitat under threat from something like a Galactic Empire, and a complicated unpacking of a polyamorous compact of characters. Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters (2021), ...

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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