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Sapien, Nick

(?   -    ) US author whose first sf novel, Drosophila (2005), explores a traditional sf topos – the society where social strata are determined by IQ tests, in this case administered at birth by an "IQ machine" – and whose protagonist, employed in Genetic Engineering, smells a rat. Truth City (2011) similarly focuses on a "Truth Machine" which is designed to creat Utopia. [JC]

Danvers, Jack

Pseudonym of Camille Auguste Marie Caseleyr (1909-1985), a Belgian who, after World War Two, emigrated to Australia, where he set his sf novel, The End of It All (1962). The tale depicts a nuclear World War Three and climaxes in doomed Australian attempts to cope with epidemics unleashed by the opposing forces. The tale then becomes a Future History, which describes the protracted but total extinction of humanity. [JC]

Garland, Mark Andrew

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Zen-Coding" for Nova Express in 1989, most of his later short fiction appearing as by Mark A Garland. With Charles G McGraw, he wrote a Science Fantasy adventure tale, Dorella (1992), set on a world where magic and Technology intersect; and the Demon Blade fantasy adventure sequence beginning with Demon Blade (1994). Also with McGraw, he published a Tie to the Star Trek universe: Star Trek ...

Walker, Rysa

Pseudonym of US author (1961-    ) of the Young Adult Chronos Files beginning with Time's Twisted Arrow (2012 ebook; vt Timebound 2014), in which Time Travel and romance are intertwined through the machinations of a religious fanatic. [JC]

Vigers, Daphne

(?   -?   ) UK author, apparently active from the early 1940s until circa 1965, who is of modest sf interest for Atlantis Rising (1944), in which Atlantis is seen sinking in the deep past, and rising again in the future, though perhaps symbolically, through the agency of Britain, whose inhabitants (it is revealed) are direct descendants of escaped Atlanteans. [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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