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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Robu, Cornel

(1938-2016) Romanian lecturer in literature (at Cluj-Napoca University) and sf critic, some of whose many articles have appeared in English, including "A Key to Science Fiction: The Sublime" (Spring 1988 Foundation #42) and "Milestones in Postwar Romanian Science Fiction" (Summer 1990 Foundation). Panorama romanului românesc contemporan: 1944-1974 ["Panorama ...

Venning, Hugh

Pseudonym of Egyptian-born author Claude van Zeller (1905-1984), apparently in the UK from an early age, whose The End: A Projection, Not a Prophecy (1947) envisages, in 2050 CE, a Dystopian (though scientifically advanced) England surrounded by a worse world under the dominion of 666, who rules the Greater Roman Empire and is defeated at the last moment (Venning had become a Benedictine monk in 1934) by the hosts of the Lord. [JC]

Lynds, Dennis

(1924-2005) US editor and author, most of whose work consists of detective thrillers written as by Michael Collins, the name he also used for his two Military SF adventures – Lukan War (1969) and The Planets of Death (1970) – each tale featuring cadres of despised missionaries who save civilization's bacon. Under the House Name Maxwell Grant, he ...

Valdes, Valerie

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shub-Niggurath's Witnesses" in She Walks in Shadows (anth 2015) edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R Stiles (see Cthulhu Mythos). She is more direct sf interest for the Eva Innocente sequence of Space Operas beginning with Chilling Effect ...

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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