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Fitzpatrick, Ernest Hugh

(1863-1933) US doctor, poet and author, whose first novel with sf content, The Marshal Duke of Denver; Or, the Labor Revolution of 1920 (1895) as by Hugo Barnaby, uninterestingly inveighs against the rise of unions; and whose second, The Coming Conflict of Nations; Or, the Japanese-American War (1909), is a Future War tale in which Japan – incensed at American treatment of Japanese immigrants – invades America, but is defeated. [JC]

Ambrose, David

(1943-    ) UK author and screenwriter, with more than twenty film credits before the turn of the century, including the script for Amityville 3-D (1983). He also scripted the television Alternative 3 (1977) and directed one film for television, Comeback (1987), a borderline medical thriller whose focus on abnormal Psychology prefigures much of his fiction. The Man Who Turned Into Himself (1993), his first novel, uses a Parallel World structure to explore the deep trauma ...

Putney, Susan K

(?1951-    ) US author and former comics store owner. Her novel Against Arcturus (1972 dos) is an sf tale with a Space Opera frame in which explorers from Earth visit a world inhabited by Aliens, which is then occupied by invaders from an authoritarian human colony based in the Arcturus system. Attempts to stir the alien "Sarbr" to rebellion receive only lukewarm co-operation; it emerges to some Satirical effect that the Sarbr are an ancient civilization with effective ...

Sheean, Vincent

(1899-1975) US journalist, traveller and author best known for nonfiction like An American Among the Riffi (1926); he witnessed the Nazi takeover of Prague, and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948). Of some sf interest is The Tide (1933), which traces the consequences of the Reincarnation of Jesus Christ in a small American city. [JC]

Eliot, George F

(1894-1971) US naval correspondent for the Columbia Broadcasting System and author of stories, usually adventure tales though some are supernaturals, in magazines circa 1920s-1956; some are horror. The Purple Legion: A G-Man Thriller (1936) is of only moderate sf interest, but demonstrates some skill at a period when the concept of the Superhero was in flux, making it hard to fix the generic implications of tales like this. [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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