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Marsh, Charles L

(1854-1930) US factory clerk (in 1920 census) and author of Opening the Oyster: A Story of Adventure (1889), a Lost Race tale set deep in the mountains of California. [JC]

Sandlin, Tim

(1950-    ) US screenwriter and author, most of whose work travels to comic extremities, though the Satire remains nonfantastic. Of sf interest is Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty (2007), set in Near Future California; it is 2023, and the real Drew Barrymore (1975-    ), who is now governor, becomes involved in a dispute centred on an assisted-living centre, whose aged boomer inhabitants are aggressively insisting on their entitlement to lives within these walls ...


Term occasionally used in sf for the hardware of Nanotechnology, as in Tom Cool's Infectress (1997), John DeChancie's Innerverse (1996) and Ian Watson's "Nanoware Time" (June 1989 Asimov's). [DRL]

Mahmud, Mustafa

(1921-2009) Egyptian philosopher, journalist and author. As a child from a middle-class family, he was able to enter university and study medicine; due to illness which hospitalized him for two years during his studies, he became interested in philosophy and religion. He started contributing to leading Egyptian Magazines and journals in the late 1940s and in 1960 left his medical career to devote himself fully to writing. He wrote some 80 books, of which the majority dealt with faith, religion ...

Hernaman-Johnson, Francis

(1879-1949) UK physician and medical researcher and author of The Polyphemes: A Story of Strange Adventures Among Strange Beings (1906). The beings, Polyphemus horridus, giant intelligent Moon-worshipping ants from a Pacific Island, just fail to conquer the Near Future world of 1912, despite their use of "X Magnetism" to power their advanced Airships, which bomb Europe. The influence of H G Wells is apparent in this tale of Imperialism in reverse. [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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