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Broom Lynne, James

(1916-1995) UK painter, designer, illustrator, teacher and author, sometimes using the original hyphenated form of his surname, Broom-Lynne; he also wrote as by James Quartermain. Almost all his fiction is nonfantastic, with the exception of Drag Hunt (1969), set in a Satirized Dystopian Near Future where violence is encouraged as a social pacifier, and – as in other sf extrapolations of Games and Sports – fox-hunting has been replaced by hunts for scapegoated humans. [For Wild Hunt ...

Anson, August

Pseudonym of UK author Reginald William Malyon Gibbs (1878-1942), who under his own name published numerous mathematics references and textbooks. His sf novel as by Anson, When Woman Reigns (1938), transports its protagonist to first the twenty-sixth and then the thirty-sixth century. Author and hero take a rather dim view of these two periods, because in both men are subservient to women (see Feminism). [JC]

Griffith, Mary

(?1800-1877) US horticultural author and author whose early Utopia, Three Hundred Years Hence (1950), originally appeared as one of the stories in Camperdown, or News from Our Neighbourhood: Being Sketches (coll 1836) as by An Author of our Neighbourhood. In an extremely early use of the Sleeper-Awakes convention – though (typical of early nineteenth-century conventions regarding the fantastic) the experiences depicted are described as a dream – the tale takes its protagonist 200 ...

Dirac, Hugh

(?   -    ) UK medical doctor and author of an sf novel, The Profit of Doom (1970), in which a surgeon (see Medicine) implants brain cells from a foetus into the body of a diseased millionaire, who then gains Immortality. [JC]

Marshall, Sidney J

(1866-1942) US author of the self-published The King of Kor; Or, She's Promise Kept: A Continuation of the Great Story of "She," of H Rider Haggard (1903), which as the subtitle indicates is a Sequel by Other Hands to H Rider Haggard's She: A History of Adventure (October 1886-January 1887 The Graphic; cut 1886; full text 1887); the new tale features a Reincarnation of She, who communicates lessons in transcendental philosophy initially by séance. [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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