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L'Epy, Heliogenes de

Pseudonym of an unidentified seventeenth-century UK author (?   -?   ), a name which translates roughly as "Sun-born of the Sword"; his claim to have been born a French gentleman in 1633 near Lyons is an invention, though the date of birth may be genuine. His Fantastic Voyage, A Voyage into Tartary, Containing a Curious Description of that Country [for full title see Checklist] (1689) depicts, perhaps for the first time, the discovery of a Lost World, a circular ...

Perkins, Sheldon

(?   -    ) US author of a Space Opera, Polaris (1979), in which an interstellar Starship representing the America-dominated United Space Alliance, and commanded by an Earth-first captain, finds itself in need of repairs. A mysterious Big Dumb Object, clearly Alien, is then encountered in deep space. [JC]

Rousseau, Victor

Working name of UK-born author Avigdor Rousseau Emanuel (1879-1960), who also used the pseudonym H M Egbert on his sf, though not exclusively, and signed as V R Emanuel for other work; born of a Jewish father and a French mother – as Sam Moskowitz writes in Under the Moons of Mars (anth 1970) – he lived more and more in the USA after his first arrival in 1901, with periods back in the UK, and in Canada 1912-1916, when much of his significant work was written. After a non-genre ...

O'Brien, Sean

(?   -    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "World Enough and Time" in The Leading Edge for February 1997. His first novel, A Muse of Fire (2010 ebook), follows the childhood of a potential Superman on the colony planet of Mnemosyne (see Colonization of Other Worlds). Vale of Stars (2012) is a Generation Starship tale set partly on the long voyage from Earth, and partly, in a narrative spanning generations, on Epsilon ...


With sf/fantasy long a subject for academic study, especially in the USA, many major institutional collections have been built up, a process which has supplemented but in no sense supplanted the large number of private collections amassed by fans and scholars. From the first, Genre SF has tended to be published in formats significantly (and foolishly) slighted in the accession policies of every category of institutional library – from university libraries to libraries of record like the ...

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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