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Warren, Andrew

(?   -    ) UK author of a Near Future Political drama This Time Next October (1971), in which Britain is at the verge of a General Election in which a "Neutralist" decision to separate herself from the rest of Europe is imminent, causing the government to build Underground bunkers to protect itself. A coup is forfended. [JC]

Ross, Charles

(1864-1930) UK soldier and author who reached the rank of Major-General during the First World War; after publishing considerable nonfiction on military materials, he released several novels after his retirement. Of sf interest is The Fly-by-Nights (1921), depicting a Near Future teetotal Britain threatened by the illegal importation of Drugs and liquor by Communists flying advanced Airships; When the Devil Was Sick (1924) is a horror tale about abysses of evil lurking far Underground (in a ...

Stoutenburg, Adrien

(1916-1982) US poet and author of books for children and the Young Adult audience, who also wrote as by Lace Kendall, with Barbara Ritchie as by Barbi Arden, and with Laura Nelson Baker as by Nelson Minier, her first of many tales being The Model Airplane Mystery (1943); though some of her work is fantasy, she published very little sf. Her one sf novel, the Young Adult Out There (1971), significantly anticipates many later novels, being set in an early twenty-first century Dystopian Near Future ...

Wheeler, Harvey

(1918-2004) US author, co-author with Eugene L Burdick (whom see for details) of Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962), a novel filmed as Fail Safe (1964). [JC]

Gurdjieff, G

(?1866-1949) Armenian philosopher of Greek descent, composer, mystic, teacher and author, in Russia proper (Armenia being a Russian territory) from 1912, in Turkey and mostly in France from 1920; his birth date is insecure, with 1872 and 1877 also being suggested. His doctrine of the Fourth Way – which seems essentially to apply "scientific" expressions of mystical intuitions with the aim of providing models of harmonious selfhood for his followers – deeply influenced figures like A ...

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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