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Anders, Charlie Jane

(?   -    ) US editor, performance artist and author, her early stories being signed Charles Anders, then Charlie Anders. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Skin Switch" in Maelstrom Speculative Fiction for January 1999 as Charles Anders; her shorter work includes The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model (11 August 2010; 2011 ebook), Six Months, Three Days (June 2011; 2011 ebook) – which won a Hugo as best novelette – ...

Fellows, Oscar L

(1943-    ) US author of a Technothriller, Operation Damocles (1998), which edges into sf with its description of a very Near Future orbital superweapon. [JC]

Glaskin, G M

(1923-2000) Australian author whose sf novel A Change of Mind (1959) concerns a hypnotic mind-transference between two men, with much emotional activity – and melodrama – consequent upon the changeover. Glaskin also wrote a series of nonfiction books, beginning with Windows of the Mind: The Christos Experiment (1974), describing experiments purporting to involve a form of psychic Time Travel à la J W Dunne. [JC] see also: Pseudoscience. /

Davidson, Avram

(1923-1993) US author and editor, born in Yonkers, New York; he served in the US Navy 1942-1945 and with the Israeli forces as a medic in the 1948-1949 Arab-Israeli War; he was married to Grania Davis from 1962 to 1964. An orthodox Jew, though his faith found direct expression very rarely in his sf stories, he began publishing work of genre interest with "The Land of Sinim" for Orthodox Jewish Life in 1948 – along with much other work – and his first sf proper with "My Boy Friend's ...

Davis, Nathan, Capt

US author (?   -    ) of whom nothing is known – it is possible he is either a descendant of the Captain Nathan Davis (?   -1844) from Virginia who served in the War of 1812, or borrowed his name – beyond his authorship of a Utopia, Beulah: Or, A Parable of Social Regeneration (1904), which posits a future based on Christian socialism. [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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