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Uhlemann, Max

(?   -1862) German Egyptologist and author, known for his work on the Rosetta Stone; of sf interest is Drei Tage in Memphis [for full title and transcription see Checklist] (1856; trans anon as Three Days in Memphis; Or, Sketches of the Public and Private Life of the Old Egyptians 1858), an educational tale whose protagonists are conveyed to ancient Memphis by Time Travel. [JC]

Applin, Arthur

(1873-1949) UK aviator in World War One, playwright and author whose Near Future sf tale, The Priest of Piccadilly (1910) offers the worry that Britain might be taken over through a revolution fomented by a demagogue. [JC]

Haraucourt, Edmond

(1856-1941) French author who seems to have begun publishing Scientific Romance tales with "L'Immortalité, conte philosophique" (1888 Revue Bleue) which, like much of his work, treats Immortality as a pernicious illusion, and "La Fin du Monde" (1893 Revue Hebdomadaire), both assembled with other work as L'Effort ["Effort"] (coll 1894). More radically, the later Le Gorilloïde (January 1904 Le Journal; 1906 chap) expressed within the constraints of the feuilleton a scathing sense of ...

Dallas, Oswald

(1881-1951) UK author who sometimes signed himself as Captain Oswald Dallas, moderately active in British magazines from before World War One. In The Man Who Wasn't (1912), an invented "Q" ray is used to create artificial life, but the new being has the consciousness of an ancient Egyptian (see Reincarnation); The Treasures of Asshur (1925) and The Valley of Mystery (1929) are adventures, set respectively in Persia and Africa, involving Lost Races and occult powers in a routine fashion. [JC]

Shane, Trevor

Working name of US author Trevor Shane Wiessmann (1976-    ) who is of sf interest for his Children of Paranoia sequence comprising Children of Paranoia (2011), Children of the Underground (2013) and Children of the Uprising (2013), set in a Near Future world where a millennia-long war between vying Secret Masters is beginning to surface, confirming the endemic Paranoia of a world already distorted into Dystopian outcomes; the protagonist of the first volume, who in his ...

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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