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Hegland, Jean

(1956-    ) US author whose Into the Forest (1996), which is set in the Northern California woodlands, attracted some attention for its moderately positive response to the challenges of life in a Post-Holocaust America. Treating high-technology civilization as a "fugue state", Hegland offers as a life-redeeming substitute the example of the Native Americans, who survived in California for millennia before their way of life was destroyed in a blink of time, and whose example ...

Watling, George

(?   -    ) UK author of Claughton's Curtain (1994), a Technothriller set in the Near Future as the Cold War resumes with both sides attempting to create a perfect radiation shield (see Weapons), behind the shelter of which they can destroy the rest of the world. [JC]

Key, Alexander

(1904-1979) US author who began publishing novels for children with The Red Eagle (1930), and who moved into Children's SF with the Sprockets Children's SF sequence: Sprockets: A Little Robot (1963), Rivets and Sprockets (1964) and Bolts – A Robot Dog (1966). These books were not likely, however, to seize a wide audience despite their amiable simplicity. It was only with the Witch Mountain Young Adult sequence – Escape to Witch Mountain (1968), filmed by Walt Disney as Escape to ...

Oldrey, John

(?   -?   ) UK author whose sf novel, The Devil's Henchmen (1926), which is unusually set in the future, locates a Lost Race north of India; advanced Technology allows its inhabitants to maintain a secret Utopia. [JC]

Warner, Rex

Working name of UK author and translator Reginald Ernest Warner (1905-1986) who remains best known for his earliest novels for adults, The Wild Goose Chase (1937), The Professor (1938) and The Aerodrome: A Love Story (1941), political allegories some of whose devices evoke the Kafka-esque side of sf (see Absurdist SF; Fabulation). In The Wild Goose Chase, three brothers cycle into a strange country in search of the eponymous goose, a quest which immerses them in a surreal bureaucracy much ...

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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