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Hale, John

(1926-    ) UK film director, screenwriter, playwright and author who is of sf interest for The Paradise Man: A Black and White Farce (1969), a Near Future tale in which worldwide Future War is conducted between dominating Black nations and the rest, but according to agreements to maintain the conflict at the level necessary to keep the international economy in good health. He co-wrote the ...

Gordon, Stuart

Working name of Scottish teacher and author Richard Alexander Steuart Gordon (1947-2009), not to be confused with the director of supernatural horror films, Stuart Gordon, nor with Stuart Gordon (1924-    ), the author of Gordonstown: A New Design for America (1980). Gordon also wrote as Alex R Stuart and published his first sf story – "A Light in the Sky" for New Worlds in July 1965 ...

Tooker, Richard

(1902-1988) US author and editor who wrote also as Dick Presley Tooker; his first sf story, under that name, was the unsophisticated Planetary Romance "Planet Paradise", written when he was fifteen and revised for Weird Tales (February 1924). He wrote one of the prize-winning essays in the contest launched by Hugo Gernsback, "What Science Fiction Means To Me" (June 1929 ...

Dudgeon, Robert Ellis

(1820-1904) Scottish homeopathic doctor – editor of the British Journal of Homeopathy from 1846 to 1884 – and author of the Utopian novel Colymbia (1873), published anonymously. Written in a spirit of competition with Erewhon (1872; rev 1903) by Samuel Butler, who was Dudgeon's patient, it is set on an equatorial Archipelago in the Pacific and ...

Divya, S B

(?   -    ) Indian-born engineer, editor, anthologist and author, in America since the age of five, who has also worked as by Divya Breed; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Strange Attractors" in Daily Science Fiction for June 2014, assembling this tale with a wide range of other work, mostly set in high-tech Near Future worlds, as ...

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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