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Renard, Maurice

(1875-1939) French author, in active service throughout World War One, during which period he published nothing; generally regarded in France as the most important native sf writer in the first decades of the twentieth century, heavily influenced by the work of J-H Rosny aîné. His career began with the stories assembled as Fantomes et fantoches ["Phantoms and Puppets"] (coll 1905) as by Vincent Saint-Vincent; the first of them, "Les Vacances de Monsieur Dupont" – involving ...

O'Donnell, Margaret

(?   -    ) Irish author whose The Beehive (1980) is a Feminist thriller set in a Dystopian world where women are oppressed. [JC]

Military SF

War and especially Future War are enduring sf themes. The melodramatic excesses of Space-Opera warfare faded with the pulps, although they were never to die out entirely. Complementing such extravagance, there grew up a more disciplined and more realistic notion of the kind of armies which might fight interplanetary and interstellar wars, and the kinds of Weapons they might use. / In this context a new tradition of militaristic sf grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. Precursors of this subgenre ...

Anderson, Poul

(1926-2001) US author born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian parents; he lived in Denmark briefly before the outbreak of World War Two. In 1948 he gained a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota. His knowledge of Scandinavian languages and literature and his scientific literacy fed each other fruitfully through a long and successful career, during which he gained for overall achievement the SFWA Grand Master Award in 1978; he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2000. ...

Hughes, Riley

(1914-1981) US author of a Ruined Earth tale, The Hills Were Liars (1955), an avowedly Catholic tale in which eight believers, many decades after the terminal wars begin in the 1960s, attempt to work out a way for the human species to survive under God. [JC]

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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