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Karlins, Marvin

(1941-    ) US academic and author, usually of nonfiction relating to his professional work as a Professor of Management. His first book is sf, The Last Man Is Out (1969; vt The New Atoms' Bombshell 1980 as by Robert Browne), a Near Future tale in which a bored scientist uses Computers and other devices to maximize outcomes for the Baseball team he has inherited. Gomorrah (1974) with Lewis M Andrews is a sf crime thriller set in a nightmarishly transformed Near Future New ...

Dobrée, Bonamy

(1891-1974) UK academic and author, in active service during World War One. He is of sf interest for Timotheus: The Future of the Theatre (1925 chap), a contribution to its publisher's To-day and To-morrow series shaped as an excerpt from a Future History told presumably to Dobrée by its unnamed narrator, who had duplicated H G Wells's Time Machine to travel to 2100 CE, and has now returned. The Theatre of this implicitly Dystopian era has become a Psychological weapon in line with the ...

Williams, Sheila

(1956-    ) US editor long associated with the magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, where she began her career in 1982, working initially with Shawna McCarthy and then with Gardner Dozois, and on the latter's retirement becoming editor in 2004 (as of the January 2005 issue). She has deftly and responsibly maintained the quality of the magazine in a period when print journals have been under universal threat, an achievement recognized by her 2011 and 2012 Hugo wins as Best ...

Stump, D L

(?   -?   ) US author whose sf novel, From World to World (1896; exp vt The Love of Meltha Laone; Or, Beyond the Sun 1913), describes a transit by Spaceship from Earth to Counter-Earth; various lessons are taken from this opposition of planets, focusing in particular on the advanced Utopia discovered on the latter. [JC]

Lermina, Jules

(1839-1915) French journalist and author, who sometimes wrote as William Cobb (usually for work set in America), active from 1859, suffering arrest for his opposition to the Second Empire of Napoleon III; in the 1880s, he became honorary president of a contorted dynastic descendant of the Theosophical Society (see Theosophy); his novels include two nonfantastic sequels to Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-1845 18vols). After short stories from as early as 1870, and after Le ...

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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