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Godwin, George Stanley

(1889-1974) UK lawyer and author, in Canada between 1911 and 1916, prophetically lamenting in his first novel, The Eternal Forest Under Western Skies (1929), the failure of Canadian society to merit its occupancy of the land it had been granted; most of his work is nonfiction on various topics. Of sf interest is Empty Victory (1932), in which the UK and France stupidly engage with each other in a 1951 Future War. [JC]

Lensman [series]

Influential Space Opera series created by E E Smith (whom see for full discussion). Other authors of stories set in the Lensman universe are William Ellern, Hideyuki Furuhashi and David Kyle, the last focusing on the three Alien allies of the main series hero Kim Kinnison who like him attain the status of Second Stage Lensman. A concordance to the Lensman series forms the longest section of The Universes of E.E. Smith (1966) by Ron Ellik and Bill Evans. / Two Japanese Anime adaptations, the ...

Milton the Monster

US animated series (1965-1968). Hal Seeger Productions. Created by Beverly Arnold. Produced and directed by Hal Seeger. Writers include Arnold, Kin Platt, and Harold King. Voice cast includes Dayton Allen, Arnold, Herb Duncan and Bob McFadden. 26 30-minute episodes. Colour. / A comic version of the Frankenstein Monster, Milton the Monster is one of three Monsters created by Professor Weirdo and his assistant Count Kook; however, because the Mad Scientist accidentally poured an excessive ...

Jones, Dennis

(1945-    ) Canadian author whose first works of genre interest were Technothrillers set in the Near Future, beginning with Rubicon One (1983), which involves a threatened nuclear World War Three, Barbarossa Red (1986), which focuses on the near-to-collapse Cold War, and Winter Palace (1988), whose protagonist thwarts the eponymous scheme against civilization. More recently, Jones has turned to fantasy, with the House of the Pandragore sequence [see Checklist for titles]. ...

Wallace, F L

(1915-2004) US mechanical engineer and author who began publishing sf with "Hideaway" for Astounding in 1951, but was more strongly associated with Galaxy in the 1950s, the period of his greatest activity, where he quickly established a reputation for style, wit and emotional depth. Worlds in Balance (coll 1955) assembles two typical stories, but he never put together a full collection of his work, and left the field around 1960. In Address: Centauri (April 1952 Galaxy as "Accidental Flight"; ...

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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