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Bull, Albert E

(?   -?   ) UK author who according to a contemporary Who's Who in Literature lived in London, and who was active from the turn of the century for about three decades, usually as the author of nonfiction self-help manuals, crime novels and a series of children's stories. He also used the pseudonym Arthur Ward Basset for a nonfiction work in the Famous Crimes series. Radium, and the Detective (1905) is a detective novel of marginal sf interest, and The Mystery of ...

Cameron, Lou

(1924-2010) US illustrator and author, active in Comic books in the 1950s; he was a highly prolific author of Westerns, under his own name and under various pseudonyms. He began to publish short fiction of genre interest with "The Last G. I." in Real War for October 1958; his sf, which was unremarkable, included two Swinging Spy tales – The Spy with the Blue Kazoo (1967) and The Spy Who Came in from the Copa (1967) as by Dagmar (the actress Dagmar [1921-2001] was a personal friend); and ...

Sense of Wonder

A term used to describe the sensation which, according to the Cliché of fan criticism that goes back at least to the 1940s, good sf should inspire in the reader. In Metamorphoses of Science Fiction (1979) Darko Suvin summed up the attitude of many critics by describing the term as "another superannuated slogan of much SF criticism due for a deserved retirement into the same limbo as extrapolation". And yet ... / "Sense of wonder" is an interesting critical phrase, for it defines sf ...

Horton, Rich

(1959-    ) US software engineer working in the aerospace industry; columnist, reviewer and editor from the late 1990s, when he contributed reviews of short fiction to Tangent Online. In February 2002 he began a monthly review column in Locus – "Locus Looks at Short Fiction" – also specializing in stories gleaned from magazines and anthologies. In 2022 he announced that, after 20 years, this column would be retired; but that he would continue to write the ...

Todd, G X

(?   -    ) UK librarian and author who is of sf interest for The Voices sequence beginning with The Defender (2017), set in a Near Future Disaster-riven massively depopulated America whose survivors, haunted by imperative voices in their heads, begin to behave in an atavistically "pre-conscious" manner, specifically linked by Todd to Julian Jaynes's arguments in The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1976). Hunted (2018) carries ...

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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