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Ash, Brian

(1936-2010) UK scientific journalist, editor and author. His Faces of the Future: The Lessons of Science Fiction (1975) assumes that its readers might be ignorant of sf, which leads to more plot summarizing than some sf readers found useful. His Who's Who in Science Fiction (1976; rev 1977) was well received by the general press, but heavily attacked in the sf specialist press for omissions and errors; the revised edition corrected many of the inaccuracies. Ash then edited the thematically ...

Parrinder, Patrick

(1944-    ) UK academic and critic, Professor of English at Reading University until his retirement in 2008, whose work in the sf field has focused primarily upon H G Wells. His H.G. Wells (1970) remains an excellent short introduction to the work and the man, though it may now seem unduly dismissive about Wells's later career. H.G. Wells: The Critical Heritage (anth 1972) reflects a similar viewpoint. Parrinder edited, with Robert M Philmus, H.G. Wells's Literary Criticism ...

Leonard, Raymond

(1941-    ) UK academic, poet and author whose first novel, OMEGA (1986), fairly belatedly depicts the fate of human civilization in the Near Future when a Computer (the acronym of the title) is put in charge. The Nostradamus Inheritance (1986), which is horror, lacks any links of interest to the historical Nostradamus; Legacy of the Shroud (1988) is a thriller involving Religion and recovered knowledge. [JC]

Ransome, J Stafford

(1860-1931) UK engineer, cartoonist and author, who published under his own name, as by S R, and as by The "Blunderland" Cartoonist. He was responsible for the illustrations for, and possibly collaborated to some extent in the writing of, the Clara in Blunderland sequence of political Satires beginning with Clara in Blunderland (1902), whose main author Harold Begbie wrote here as Caroline Lewis, a joint pseudonym shared for this book by M H Temple (1862-1928). Ransome is of interest in his own ...

Holmes, Guy

(?   -    ) US author whose P.E.A.C.E. (2000) is a Near Future Dystopia set in a New York oppressed by constant surveillance that has transformed the city into a Police Enforced Anti-Crime Environment (note acronym). [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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