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Anderson, A J

(1863-1927) UK author on various subjects; his sf novel, Professor Aylmer's Experiment (1922), uneasily marries occultism and experimental science as its eponymous protagonist attempts to create artificial life (see Invention; Mad Scientist). The Soul-Sifters: A Novel of Psycho-Analysis (1923), about a case of Amnesia caused by experiences in World War One, is not fantastic. [JC]

Pendell, Dale

(?   -    ) US author of a Future History, The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse (2010), which begins with Near Future Climate Change accompanied by a worldwide disease that leaves a tiny portion of Homo sapiens alive on the Ruined Earth. California is dominated by a central sea, and after sixteen millennia a complex society familiar to many sf readers – based on a balkanized array of principalities and regions whose Technology remains at a medieval ...

Templeton, Timothy

Pseudonym of US author Charles Adams (?   -?   ), whose sf Satire on antebellum America, The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth; Or, the Little Quibbles of Great Governments (1856), though allegorized as a series of letters to Uncle Sam, does feature a voyage in a Balloon at such a speed that the Sun is overtaken. [JC]

Prochnau, William

(1937-2018) US journalist variously with the Seattle Times, Washington Post and (from 1996) Vanity Fair as contributing editor. His one novel, Trinity's Child (1983) – somewhat in the vein of Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962) by Eugene L Burdick and Harvey Wheeler – depicts 15 hours of a limited World War Three initiated by the Soviet Union in response to a late Cold War US arms build-up that had been intended to force Political compromise. In the aftermath ...

Tales of the Talisman

US low-paying downloadable and print-on-demand letter-size Semiprozine published and edited by David Lee Summers at Hadrosaur Productions, Mesilla Park, New Mexico. The magazine is a direct successor to Hadrosaur Tales and appeared quarterly from Spring 2005 until publication ceased with volume 10 issue 4 (whole number #40) in Spring 2015. / Although the title suggests fantasy and magic Tales of the Talisman published stories covering the whole range of speculative fiction. Most issues ...

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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