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MacFadyen, Virginia

(1900-1966) US actress and author whose At the Sign of the Sun (1925) is a Lost Race tale whose inhabitants whose lineage is antediluvian. [JC]

Stover, Matthew

(1962-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest under his full name Matthew Woodring Stover with the Barra the Pict Fantasy diptych comprising Iron Dawn (1997) and Jericho Moon (1998). Of sf interest is the Acts of Caine sequence opening with Heroes Die (1998), in which a future corporate Dystopian Earth exploits a fantasy Parallel World (see Science and Sorcery) by infiltrating "actors" who are required to play out graphically violent Sword and Sorcery ...

Bullett, Gerald

(1893-1958) UK broadcaster, poet and author, in active service during World War One, active as an author from 1916 or earlier, and as a broadcaster from April 1926, when he was the first author to read a story of his own composition on the BBC; he also wrote as by Sebastian Fox. Much of his short fiction contains fantasy elements, often with a surreal edge [for details on fantasy stories by Bullett, and for Crosshatch and Faerie below, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of his ...

Blumlein, Michael

(1948-2019) US medical doctor who worked full-time at UCSF until recently, and author whose output in the latter capacity, though he published only four novels and four collections, had considerable impact on the field, beginning with his first published story, "Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration: A Case Report" for Interzone in Spring 1984. This tale remains one of the most astonishingly savage political assaults ever published. The target is Ronald Reagan, whose living body is ...

Lynde, Francis

(1856-1930) US author, prolific in several popular genres, including detective thrillers and Westerns, these two forms being brought together in Scientific Sprague (coll of linked stories 1912), featuring the exploits of the eponymous detective-cum-engineer, who defends a Western railroad (see Transportation) against thieves, accidents and Inventions in the hands of villains. Several of his stories also revolve around inventions, including "The Great Electric Trust" (February 1898 Cosmopolitan) ...

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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