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Findley, Timothy

(1930-2002) Canadian actor from 1953 and author who began to publish fiction with the nonfantastic "About Effie" for The Tamarack Review, Autumn 1956, and who remained moderately prolific through his substantial career; though much of his work seems at first glance to be fantasy, it escapes any straightforward definition as such, as his Equipoisal fluctuations between Mythology and "reality" generate a sense that the venues he ...

Spencer, Wen

Pseudonym of US author Wendy Kosak (1963-    ) whose work typically interfuses fantasy, weird fiction and sf, sometimes gaining Equipoisal sharpness through the process. She began to publish with her first series – the Ukia Oregon sequence comprising Alien Taste (2001), which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award for best first novel, ...

Pearce, Howard D

(1931-2004) US scholar of fantastic literature who also wrote as H D Pearce. He co-edited The Scope of the Fantastic [see Checklist for subtitle] (anth 1985) with Robert A Collins, being the collected papers from the inaugural International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (1980-current); and also co-edited the later volume Forms of the Fantastic [see Checklist for subtitle] (anth 1986) with Jan Hokenson. [DRL]

Horace, Lillian Jones

(1880-1965) US teacher and author whose Five Generations Hence (1916) as Mrs Lillian B Jones is the first Utopia published by a Black woman in America. Its protagonist, devastated by an initial true vision of the conditions of life for Blacks in contemporary America, has a second vision of life five generations hence in Africa, of a country where all are equal. She then dedicates herself to bringing this vision about. [JC]

Shaub, Earl L

(1886-?   ) US author whose two novels of sf interest attempt to convey metaphysical lessons through genre conventions: the protagonist of Beyond Mars (1959) learns some central secrets of the universe on Mars; the eponymous protagonist of Noah's Daughter (1960) offers a more chthonic, more feminine wisdom. In both texts, God is of assistance. [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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