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Slater, Ian

(1941-    ) Australian-born political scientist and author, in Canada from the 1970s; most of his singletons, beginning with Firespill (1977), are Technothrillers, sometimes involving Disasters beyond the yet-experienced, and Technology-driven solutions. Of more direct sf interest is the World War III sequence beginning with WW III: World War III ...

What, Leslie

(1955-    ) US author who has also written as by Leslie Joyce; her novel under that name, the nonfantastic Nice Girls Do (2001), is a romance set amid the dangers of World War Two. Her second novel, Olympic Games (short version May 1996 Asimov's as "The Goddess is Alive, And, Well, Living in New York City"; 2004), a fantasy set mostly in New York, plays ...

Radcliffe, Garnett

(1898-1971) UK author of occasional sf, who also wrote detective thrillers as by Stephen Travers; of sf interest is the title novella of The Return of the Ceteosaurus, and Other Tales (coll 1926), which pits a huge saurian (see Dinosaurs) against a Death Ray. The Great Orme Terror (1934) is a crime thriller whose Villains deploy murderous Robots. The ...

Fortune, Margaret

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult sf novel, Nova (2015), opens a projected five-book sequence. The young protagonist, suffering Amnesia, must discover her true nature and how to love while restricted to a giant Space Station, where she has arrived after involvement in an interstellar war waged by Earth to gain access to an inhabitable world (see ...

Harper, Vincent

Pseudonym of Cuban-born US Episcopal minister (later Catholic priest and still later agnostic), lecturer, author and playwright Henry Austin Adams (1861-1931), who normally wrote as H Austin Adams. His sf novel, The Mortgage on the Brain: Being the Confessions of the Late Ethelbert Craft, MD (1905), describes an electric-shock treatment which alters personality beneficially and undermines many then-conventional views of the nature of the mind and ...

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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