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Palmer, Jane

(1946-    ) UK author and illustrator who began writing sf with the Moosevan sequence – comprising The Planet Dweller (1985), Moving Moosevan (1990), Duckbill Soup (2011) and Brassica Park (2018) – which presents a comic set of Parodies of sf Clichés as the giant Shapeshifting ...

Spurrell, H G F

(1877-1918) UK biologist, physician and author, in active service during World War One in the Royal Medical Corps until his death just before the Armistice. He is of some sf interest for Out of the Past (coll 1903), which contains two Prehistoric SF novellas plus a similar short tale, each set in a different Asian civilization prior to the founding of China; these stories are made available to the modern world ...

Derrick, Katherine Ross

(?   -?   ) UK author whose only known novel, A Maid from Mars (?1923 chap), describes the experiences of a young female Martian (see Mars) in her attempts to establish a cultural bond with humans. [JC]

Mano, D Keith

(1942-2016) US actor, author and playwright whose energetic novels confronted Christians (he was himself a Russian Orthodox Christian) with various moral and physical dilemmas. His second novel, Horn (1969), is a transcendental fable; his third, War Is Heaven! (1970), describes with some surreal vividness a Future War in an imaginary – but easily imagined – South American country. The Bridge (1973) is a ...

Perrault, Ernest G

(1922-2010) Canadian author and librettist who in prose concentrated on nonfiction regional studies of British Columbia, where he was born and died. Of his novels The Twelfth Mile (1972), about an Arctic disaster, is marginal; of direct sf interest is Spoil (1975), a Near Future tale in which drilling for oil in the Arctic causes a profound Ecological Disaster when a rig blows ...

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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