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Granville, Austyn

(1854-1922) UK-born author, ultimately in US, centred in Chicago from the 1880s or earlier; he wrote some boys' stories as by Jack Talbot, none apparently of genre interest. He was apparently resident for some years in Australia. His racy, bigoted Lost-Race novel The Fallen Race (1892), one of the earliest sf books set in Australia, shares the belief in a great inland sea which in real life led to the disappointment or death of many explorers. Stranded in the desert, a doctor finds a lost race ...

Warren, George

(1934-2009) US author of a Tie to the Nick Carter universe (see Nick Carter), The Doomsday Spore (1979), whose Technothriller elements are pointed to in the title. Dominant Species (1979) is a Space Opera set on the fringes of a threatened Galactic Empire, one of whose colony planets has been invaded by repellent worm-like Aliens. [JC]

Stoddard, Thomas A

(1857-1937) Canadian surgeon and author, in US from 1892, member of the American College of Surgeons; he served in World War One as a captain in the American Army Medical Corps. Of sf interest is The Quest (1909), a Lost Race tale whose protagonist – a doctor who has fled to Venezuela to avoid criminal charges – spends five years treating an ancient Gaelic-speaking civilization of mixed Viking and Incan ancestry. [JC]

Gough, Julian

(1966-    ) UK-born singer-songwriter and author, in Ireland from the age of seven; he was a founder of and main writer of the band Toasted Heretic, which released four albums between 1988 and 1993. His first novel, Jude: Level 1 (2007; vt Jude in London 2009), is a nonfantastic though gonzo picaresque featuring an Irish orphan lad's attempts to find it all out. Of sf interest is the Near Future Connect (2018), whose protagonist, a moderately ungovernable teenager with ...

Dunstan, Frederick

(?   -    ) UK author of, Habitation One (1983), an extremist Ruined Earth vision of life in a Keep governed by totalitarians fanatically opposed to science and technology; after vivid depictions of cannibalism, necrophilia, and much Torture (particularly of women), a new dawn is seen to dawn. [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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