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Beeding, Francis

Joint pseudonym of UK authors John Palmer (1885-1944) – whom see for his solo work – and Hilary Saunders (1898-1951) for numerous works in various genres, mostly detective novels and thrillers; their sf novels are Near Future political thrillers. In The Seven Sleepers (1925) villainous Germans are kept from starting World War Two. In its sequel, The Hidden Kingdom (1927), Outer Mongolia is tempted faute de mieux by the now-fugitive Professor Kreutzemark to undergo Slavery (under ...

Gilliland, Alexis A

(1931-    ) US cartoonist and author who won Hugos as Best Fan Artist in 1980, 1983, 1984 and 1985; he also won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 1982. As an official in the US Federal Government 1956-1982, serving mainly as a chemist and specification writer, Gilliland was well situated to spoof bureaucracy, though his first sf sequence – the Rosinante trilogy comprising The Revolution from Rosinante (1981), Long Shot for Rosinante (1981) and The ...

West, Julian

Pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -?   ); Julian West is the name of the protagonist of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). The novel published under this name (see Sequels by Other Hands), My Afterdream: A Sequel to the Late Mr Bellamy's Looking Backward (1900), is a spoofish Satire on the original Utopia, carrying to "logical" extremes various practices advocated by Bellamy, in order to ridicule them. [JC]

Danrit, Captain

Translation of "Capitaine Danrit", pseudonym of French military officer and author Émile-Auguste-Cyprien Driant (1855-1916), serving in World War One until his death in combat; much of his sub-Verne work appeared in Le Journal des Voyages, along with authors like Louis Boussenard, whose greater skills and less exaggerated patriotism may explain their greater popularity in English-speaking markets. Danrit's early reputation was built through the La Guerre de Demain ["The War of Tomorrow"] ...

Doerr, Anthony

(1973-    ) US author, active from before the turn of the century. The protagonist of his first novel, About Grace (2004), experiences moments of prescience (see Precognition), during one of which he sees his daughter die; he spends much of the novel, after the model of the Appointment in Samarra fable, attempting to flee this fate: which he meets. The blind protagonist of All the Light We Cannot See (2014), a Holocaust survivor (see Holocaust Fiction), has in childhood been ...

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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