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Lewis, Jeffrey

(?   -    ) US academic, expert on nuclear nonproliferation and convenor of the Arms Control Wonk blog and podcast, occasionally billed as Dr Jeffrey Lewis or Jeffrey Lewis, PhD, seemingly to distinguish him from a screenwriter of the same name. His early work, such as What if Space Were Weaponized?: possible consequences for crisis scenarios (2004), often skirts around Prediction and Futures Studies, concentrating on space programmes and likely spin-offs in ...

Collins, Colin

Pseudonym of UK author Oliver Merland (?   -?   ), author of a number of anonymous contributions to the Sexton Blake Library after World War One, and of work from the first decade of the twentieth century under other names, including Singleton Pound, some others almost certainly unidentified. As Colin Collins, he published three identified sf novels in book form: The Human Mole (1909), an adventure tale chock-full of Inventions, mainly the eponymous subterranean ...

Mason, F Van Wyck

(1901-1978) US author, who sometimes gave his name variously as F V W Mason, Van Wyck Mason, Frank Van Wyck Mason and Frank W Mason, and who published as well under at least two pseudonyms, Geoffrey Coffin and Ward Weaver; in active service during World War One and World War Two. Though now best known as a writer of historical novels with an emphasis on romantic adventure plots, he was initially prolific in shorter forms, publishing many stories in popular magazines from 1928, several of the ...

Wang Jinkang

(1948-    ) Chinese author, engineer and multiple Yinhe Award winner, arguably the most overlooked figure in the genre in China, inexplicably overshadowed in translation by both his seniors and juniors, despite massive appeal among his home readership. Graduating from high school at the time of the commencement of the Cultural Revolution (1966), he spent several years in a countryside commune, before being sent to work in an iron foundry and a diesel engine plant. This ...

Bacigalupi, Paolo

(1972-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Pocketful of Dharma" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1999, a noir Cyberpunk-coloured tale set in an Asian city about to be transformed into an AI-controlled habitat in a World War Three context; it was assembled, with much of his best early work, as Pump Six and Other Stories (coll 2008), which won a Locus Award. Though different outcomes are posited according to the premises ...

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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