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Davey, Norman

(1888-1949) UK engineer and author whose Perhaps: A Tale of To-morrow (1914; rev vt Yesterday: A Tory Fairy-Tale 1924) wittily (but also frivolously) describes the Near-Future secession of the Isle of Wight. Although copies of Perhaps exist, there is no clear evidence that the text was officially published; this omission was almost certainly because of the start of World War One. Yesterday presents essentially the same story as fantasy. Davey's other genre works are fantasies, the best known of ...

Raymond, Ben

(?   -    ) US author of an sf novel, The Miracle of the Foomtra (1968), which involves Sex. [JC]

Prior, Ann

(1949-    ) New Zealand author whose Young Adult tale The Sky Cage (1967) is of some sf interest for its depiction of the Invasion of an unnamed City and of the young protagonist' escape to a world Underground. [JC]

Myhre, Øyvind

(1945-    ) Norwegian computer engineer and author. Øyvind Myhre is in some ways an anachronism in Nordic sf (and Fantasy) literature. Where most Danish, Norwegian and Swedish writers working in these fields write either in the modernist or humanist traditions of Clifford D Simak and Ray Bradbury, or J G Ballard and the New Wave, and most often from a left-wing political perspective, Myhre writes in the Hard SF tradition of Robert A Heinlein and Poul Anderson, and ...

Old Scout, An

House Name for authors working for the Boys' Papers publisher, Frank Tousey. Of sf interest under this name is Lost in the Great Basin (5 October-30 November 1889 The Boys of New York as by Kit Clyde 1907), which sets an Underground Lost World within a Western frame; the inhabitants of this world boast a complex civilization, which does not save them. [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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