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Modesitt, L E, Jr

(1943-    ) US industrial economist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Great American Economy" for Analog in May 1973, the first of two Council of Economic Advisors tales. Most of his work, both fantasy and sf, has been in the form of series, such as the Timedivers sequence – beginning with his first novel, The Fires of Paratime (1982; vt The Timegod 1992), plus Timediver's Dawn (1992), both assembled as Timegod's World (omni 2000) – ...

Kesteven, G R

Pseudonym of UK teacher and author Geoffrey Robins Crosher (1911-1990), some of whose stories for children were published under his own name. Of sf interest are two Young Adult novels: The Pale Invaders (1974), a Ruined Earth tale set in the Far Future and describing the effect upon an isolated valley culture of the discovery of Technologies which reveal much hitherto hidden history; and The Awakening Water (1977), which has less impact, though its vision of a source of pure water that clears ...

Lindsay, David T

(1897-1953) Scottish author, in active service during World War One, most of his eighteen books being adventure tales, usually juveniles (see Children's SF), all published between 1936 and 1940, often involving feats in aircraft. Of sf interest are The Ninth Plague (1936), about a Mad Scientist's attempts to block off the Sun's rays and cause the End of the World; The Green Ray (1937), in which the eponymous Ray is used to stall airplanes in flight; and the marginal Air Bandits (1937). [JC]

Christopher, Adam

Working name of New Zealand-born author Adam Christopher McGechan (1978-    ), in the UK from 2006, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Devil in Chains, Part One" in Pantechnicon for September 2008, soon followed by "The Devil in Chains, Part Two" (March 2009 Pantechnicon). His first novel, Empire State (2012), is a noir thriller set in a retro Alternate World or Pocket Universe version of New York, the Amnesia of whose citizens comes from the fact that the ...

Stanford, J K

(1892-1971) UK civil servant, solider and author, mostly of humorous material, whose first book, The Twelfth (1944 chap; vt The Twelfth and After: Being the Life and Death of George Hysteron-Proteron 1964), is a spoofish fantasy whose hunter protagonist is turned into a bird, and organizes his new kin to avoid being shot. His sf Satire, Full Moon at Sweatenham: A Nightmare (1953), takes rather clumsy potshots at a decadent, ludicrous Near Future UK circa 1960; the welfare state is guyed. ...

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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