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Dawson, Basil

(1914-1979) Author, presumably UK, of a Dan Dare Tie (see Dan Dare) for the Young Adult market, Dan Dare on Mars (1956), in which he opposes a foe who wishes to make Mars uninhabitable. [JC]

Riddell, J L

(1807-1865) US chemist, botanist, inventor and author of Orrin Lindsay's Plan of Aerial Navigation, with a Narrative of his Explorations in the Higher Regions of the Atmosphere, and his Wonderful Voyage Round the Moon! (1847 chap), a hoax narrative clearly indebted to Edgar Allan Poe's "Hans Phaall – A Tale" (June 1835 The Southern Literary Messenger), both exemplifying the complex interrelation between hoax and Thought Experiment significant in the shaping of twentieth-century Hard SF. ...

DeStefano, Lauren

(1984-    ) US author who has concentrated exclusively on Near Future Dystopias for the Young Adult market. The Chemical Garden Trilogy, comprising Wither (2011), Fever (2012) and Sever (2013), is set in an American culture savagely distorted by the consequences of a Genetic Engineering experiment in longevity, which has backfired for the young, radically shortening their lifespans: twenty-five years for males, twenty for females. Adolescent girls are kidnapped out as ...

Reynolds, Ted

Working name of US anaesthetist and author Theodore Andrus Reynolds (1938-    ), who began publishing sf with "Just Imagine" in Beyond for November 1953, becoming more active from 1977, releasing about fifteen stories in the next decade or so. His first novel, The Tides of God (1989) – the last of the Terry Carr Ace Specials – intriguingly allows the surmise that millennial fervour is caused, on a regular 1000-year basis, by a deranging Alien being whose expected ...

Beverley, Barrington

Pseudonym used for two sf novels by Harry Leigh Pink (1906-1973), UK author who also wrote western and crime fiction under the working name Hal Pink; other pseudonyms were H Carson Marksman and Charles Van Horn. He was active in UK magazines (including The Passing Show) and US Pulps from 1925, and as a novelist from 1932 to 1941. The Beverley titles are The Air Devil (1934), which is as much Horror as sf, and The Space Raiders (1936), wherein the League of Nations defends the world from an ...

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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