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Evans, Linda

(1958-    ) US author whose first novel Sleipnir (1994) is a fantasy in which a modern GI intervenes in the world of Norse Gods and Mythology as Ragnarok looms. With Robert Asprin, Evans co-wrote the Time Scout sequence of Time Travel adventures beginning with Time Scout (1995), in which accidentally formed Time Gates (or Wormholes) provide access to past eras which time scouts must check for lurking danger before organized tourism can begin. Her second solo novel Far Edge ...

Lofting, Hugh

(1886-1947) UK civil engineer and author, mostly in the USA from 1912, though he joined the Irish Guards in 1916, was severely wounded in 1917 and invalided out. It was during his period in the trenches that – like some other central creators of twentieth century fantasy, including J R R Tolkien (see World War One) – he began to create a fantasy universe, at least in part to sidestep a world that had gone catastrophically wrong; Lofting's response was to draft early versions of ...

Sanders, Robert S, Jr

(?   -    ) US author of the Young Adult Galactic Salesman sequence, comprising Mission of the Galactic Salesman (1996), Mission Beyond the Ice Cave: Atlantis-Mexico-Zotola (1999) and Heritage Findings from Atlantis (2000), in which an Alien visits earth on a mission to connect our planet with galactic Communications networks, and rewards the teenagers who help it with the power of Teleportation, which enables them to have adventures involving Atlantis and ...

Warren, J Thomas

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race tale, The Oronoco Chief; Or, the Fortunes of a Diamond Locket: A Story of Adventure in South America (1864), which is set in Venezuela, and involves banditry and the theft of relics from the interior. [JC]

Reid, C Lestock

(1888-1954) India-born UK army officer and author, in active service during World War One. His adventure novels include The Trail of Pharaoh's Treasure: A Romance of Africa (1924); Sons of Solomon (1931), a Lost Race tale also set in Africa, sadly defaced for modern readers by its racism (see Race in SF); and Dark Destiny (1936). Revenge with a Vengeance (1952) enters Technothriller territory with a renewed German plot to conquer the world using a secret radar beam of unusual versatility (see ...

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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