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Friedell, Egon

(1878-1938) Austrian cabaret artist, wit, polymath, translator and author, born Egon Friedmann (he changed his name to Friedell in 1916), rejected for military service in World War One through physical disabilities; he also wrote as by Egon Friedländer. He remains best known for his seminal Kulturgeschichte der Neuzeit: die Krisis der europäischen Seele von der Schwarzen Pest bis zum Weltkrieg (1927-1931 3vols; trans Charles Francis Atkinson as A Cultural History of the Modern Age: ...

Brenton, Howard

(1942-    ) UK screenwriter and playwright, active from the late 1960s, his dramas often being Satires focused on social, economic and political issues in the UK, frequently conveyed through estranged pantomime routines as evolved from Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), some of whose plays he has adapted for British performance. Singletons of sf interest include The Churchill Play: As it will Be Performed in the Winter of 1984 by the Internees of Churchill Camp Somewhere in England ...

Eddison, E R

(1882-1945) UK civil servant, author and scholar of Old Norse, whose first work of fiction and most famous single work, The Worm Ouroboros: A Romance (1922), is an erudite Heroic Fantasy written in a potently archaized English which plays off (but does not ape) the Jacobean style and matter of authors like John Webster (circa 1579-?1638), though the most direct influence on its actual structure may be H Rider Haggard's Eric Brighteyes (1890). The notional protagonist, Lessingham, is transported ...

Lodi-Ribeiro, Gerson

(1960-    ) Brazilian author who has also written as by Daniel Alvaraz and Carla Cristina Pereira; active, initially in Fanzines, from around 1980, he began to publish work of genre interest in Portuguese with "A ética da Traição" in O Atlântico tem Duas Margens: Antologia da novissima ficção cientifica portuguesa e brasileira ["The Atlantic has Two Shores: Anthology of New Portuguese and Brazilian Science Fiction"] (anth 1993) edited ...

Kerr, Sophie

(1880-1965) US editor and author, active from before the beginning of the twentieth century; of her many novels, The Man Who Knew the Date (1951), about a man who can predict the exact moment of the death of others, is of some interest as a study in precognition (see Psi Powers). [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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