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Lippincott, David

(1924-1984) US advertising executive, composer and author whose Near-Future political Satire E Pluribus Bang! (1970) finds the US President involved in the murder of a Secret Service agent he finds in bed with his wife in a story that climaxes on a South Pacific Island where the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance is solved. Tremor Violet (1975) is a Disaster novel about earthquakes in Los Angeles (see California). [JC]

Dunstan, Frederick

(?   -    ) UK author of, Habitation One (1983), an extremist Ruined Earth vision of life in a Keep governed by totalitarians fanatically opposed to science and technology; after vivid depictions of cannibalism, necrophilia, and much Torture (particularly of women), a new dawn is seen to dawn. [JC]

Westerman, Percy F

(1876-1959) UK author who specialized in adventure tales for boys, though his protagonists were usually vigorous adults, as befitted their military/adventurer roles; and very frequently set at sea. He was the father of John F C Westerman. Of Westerman's 170 or more volumes between 1908 and 1959, several are Children's SF, the most successful of these being perhaps the first: The Flying Submarine (1912), an Invention adventure built around the ominous submarine described in the title, whose ...

Stacpoole, H de Vere

(1863-1951) UK medical doctor and author, younger brother of William Henry Stacpoole; best known for his South Sea romances, including non-sf Robinsonades like, most famously, The Blue Lagoon: A Romance (1908), filmed as The Blue Lagoon (1923, 1948, 1950 and 1980), or The Chank Shell: A Tropical Romance of Love and Treasure (1930; vt The Island of Lost Women 1930), which adds hints of a Lost Race. He wrote several weird novels: Pierrot!: A Story (1896), involving an uncanny Doppelganger and ...

Dowding, Henry Wallace

(1867-1938) UK-born clergyman and author, in the US from 1889, most active in the 1920s. His sf novel, The Man from Mars, or Service, for Service's Sake (1910), is occupied for much of its length with its protagonist's search for a McGuffin document, but shifts in its later moments to be a long description, on the part of the protagonist's employer, of his time on Mars, which planet is small, quite close to Earth, and Utopian. [JC/SH]

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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