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Turner, Harry

(1920-2009) UK fan, artist, industrial chemist and advertising manager, eventually working in the last capacity for the Manchester Guardian and Evening News. He was first active in Fandom from the late 1930s to the end of the 1950s, drawing covers for the Fanzine incarnation of New Worlds in 1939 and publishing various fanzines including Zenith (six issues plus a letters supplement, 1941-1953) and, with Eric Needham, Now & Then (nine issues 1954-1957) [see Checklist below]; he also produced ...

Godfrey, Daniel

(?   -    ) UK author whose New Pompeii sequence, comprising New Pompeii (2016) and Empire of Time (2017), complicatedly but with verve unpacks a Time Travel plot involving the transportation of the inhabitants of Pompeii into a Keep-like duplication of the old City in Near Future central Asia. Echoes of the Lost Race novel can be found, but are sidelined by Technothriller plotting, with expected revelations about conspiracies. The corporation at the heart of ...

Laverty, Donald

Pseudonym used by James Blish and Damon Knight in collaboration, for the single story "No Winter, No Summer" (October 1948 Thrilling Wonder). [JC] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Ma, Ling

(1983-    ) Chinese-born academic and author, in US from childhood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Yeti Lovemaking" in Unstuck #2 for 2012. Her sf novel Severance (2018) is set in an Alternate History 2011 America devastated by a Pandemic originating in China, whose victims, Automata-like, lose all sense of Identity (see also Zombies), becoming entrapped in assembly-line-like repetitive actions that continue until death. Analogies between this disease and ...

Gubbins, Herbert

(1887-1950) UK schoolteacher and author of some interest for his Sleeper Awakes tale, The Elixir of Life; Or, 2905 AD: A Novel of the Far Future (1914), whose protagonist finds the "far future" full of Inventions, though Television has caused universal illiteracy. [JC]

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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