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Lazarus, Henry

(1855-1922) UK author, active in the 1890s, not to be confused with the well-known clarinetist, Henry Lazarus (1815-1895); his Future History, The English Revolution of the Twentieth Century: A Prospective History (1894), caused some stir through its advocacy of a welfare state, which the text pictures as following on from a revolution by the forces of Labour led by the redoubtable Carlyle Democritus. [JC]

Conway, Troy

A House Name of the New York-based Paperback Library, whose chief though minor sf relevance is its use for the Coxeman soft-porn thrillers, mostly by Michael Avallone; these include some sf. Gardner F Fox also wrote two Coxeman books [see Checklist below]. Charles E Fritch may also have written one or more novels as Conway, but this is not certain. [DRL]

Roberson, Chris

(1970-    ) US publisher and author, who founded Clockwork Storybook, a print-on-demand (pod) publisher, in 2000, through which he published his first books, Voices of Thunder (coll 2000), Cybermancy Incorporated (coll of linked stories 2001), and the first of his Celestial Empire sequence most of whose episodes are set in an Alternate History dominated by a China that had never isolated itself from the rest of the world. The sequence continues with Set the Seas on Fire ...

Kenneth-Brown, Kenneth

Working name of US journalist and author Kenneth Brown (1868-?   ), some of whose work was set in a romanticized Orient; his Young Adult sf novel, Two Boys in a Gyrocar: The Story of a New York to Paris Motor Race (1911), on the other hand, stays closer to home, depicting a Near Future aerial contest whose young protagonists' Invention allows them to traverse the Atlantic by air. It is believed that this is the first fictional description of a gyrocar. [JC]

Charyn, Jerome

(1937-    ) US author who was born and educated in New York, which city he gradually transformed in his fiction into a Magic-Realist venue whose mythopoeic resonances and exorbitant happenings hover (see Equipoise) at the edge of generic displacements (and beyond), and strongly prefigure the fabulated New York of writers like John Crowley and Mark Helprin. Metropolis: New York as Myth, Marketplace, and Magical Land (1986) powerfully realizes New York in nonfiction terms, ...

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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