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Fox, Mary

(1798-1864) UK author, an illegitimate daughter of King William IV (1765-1837); Richard Whately (1787-1863), the Archbishop of Dublin, may have written most of the Proto SF novel initially attributed mainly to her. Account of an Expedition (Planned and Conducted by Mr H Sibthorpe) to the Interior of New Holland (1837; rev vt The Southlanders: An Account of an Expedition to the Interior of New Holland 1860), neither edition credited on title page, depicts a journey into the heart of the ...

Lepucki, Edan

(?   -    ) US journalist and author whose first work of fiction, If You're Not Yet Like Me (2010 chap), is a novella whose narrator addresses her thoughts and memories to her unborn child. Her first full-length novel, California (2014), is sf, set in a moderately distant Near Future California transformed by economic scarcity, the dissolution of effective government, and general Climate Change into a Dystopian territory dominated by "Communities" (Orwellian ...

Awerbuck, Diane

(1974-    ) South African author whose first novel, the highly regarded Gardening at Night (2004), is nonfantastic; she has also written in collaboration with Alex Latimer as Frank Owen. She began to publish work of genre interest with the stories assembled as Cabin Fever (coll 2011), and is of strong sf interest for the Divided States sequence comprising South (2016) and North (2018), written with Latimer as Owen, which is set in a Near Future Alternate History version of ...

Joshi, Ruchir

(1960-    ) Indian journalist and author whose first novel, The Last Jet-Engine Laugh (2001), is set in Near Future Calcutta, around 2020/2030, but whose narrative shuttlecocks through various eras as the protagonist reflects upon his and his country's almost unendurably complex history from 1970 to the moment he sits down to reflect, sometime after cities like Bombay and Karachi have been destroyed by nuclear bombs as the troubles continue. His memories/reconstruction of ...


UK monthly nonfiction Media Magazine about sf, fantasy and horror, primarily in Cinema and Television. Small-Bedsheet slick format. Founded January 1978, first published by Starburst Magazines, London, edited by Dez Skinn, but soon taken over by Marvel Comics and edited Alan Mackenzie until #77 (January 1985), then by Roger P Birchall to #79 and Cefn Ridout to #87. With #88 (December 1985) the magazine left Marvel and was taken over by Visual Imagination, with Stephen Payne the new editor. ...

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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