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Evans, Linda

(1958-    ) US author whose first novel Sleipnir (1994) is a fantasy in which a modern GI intervenes in the world of Norse Gods and Mythology as Ragnarok looms. With Robert Asprin, Evans co-wrote the Time Scout sequence of Time Travel adventures beginning with Time Scout (1995), in which accidentally formed Time Gates (or Wormholes) provide access to past eras which time scouts must check for lurking danger before organized tourism can begin. Her second solo novel Far Edge ...

Time in Reverse

The notion of Time running backwards, with effects preceding causes, is both strongly counter-intuitive and fascinatingly easy to imagine: playing a movie in reverse is among the oldest and most familiar of special effects. The Time Traveller in H G Wells's The Time Machine (1895) sees his housekeeper apparently moving backwards through the room during the final moments of his return journey from the future. Still earlier instances appear in Enrique Gaspar's "El anacronópete" (in ...

Blum, Ralph

(1932-2016) US screenwriter and author involved in early Drug research, which is reflected in his sf novel The Simultaneous Man (1970). A Black convict undergoes, through advanced brainwashing, a Memory Edit that progressively erases his personality, rather as in Alfred Bester's earlier The Demolished Man (January-March 1952 Galaxy; 1953) or Robert Silverberg's later The Second Trip (1972). The process enables Identity Transfer from a research scientist, but eventually transforms the convict ...

Baker, Adam

(1969-    ) UK author whose Near Future Outpost Universe sequence beginning with Outpost (2011) follows the actions of a mixed group of survivors of a worldwide Pandemic, a Zombie Apocalypse plague which transforms its victims into rampaging metallic Monsters. The cast, which has survived this Disaster in an Arctic enclave, decides to travel south to see if there is anything left of the world; the death of several Red Shirts provides an answer. There is a great deal of ...

Freeman, Mrs A M

(?   -?   ) US author, active from the 1870s, whose Daughters of Cain in the Land of Nod: A Satirical Romance (1893) is a Lost Race novel in which a matriarchal Utopia, based on strong Feminist arguments, is discovered in Africa. Gender roles are reversed. Religion is deprecated. [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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