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Proctor, Henry

(?   -?   ) UK author of Perpetual Youth: An Occult and Historical Romance (1913), whose protagonist, five hundred years before the early twentieth setting of the main action, gains Immortality after drinking blood; in the intervening centuries, now clairvoyant and able to make himself invisible (see Invisibility), he has become a Secret Master figure whose plans for world Utopia demonstrate his benevolence, though he clearly never intends to abandon his central ...

Sutherland, James

(1900-1996) Scottish academic and author whose Parody of the Fantastic Voyage genre, The Narrative of Jasper Weeple: Being an Account of his Strange Journey to the Land of Midanglia, and of all that Happened to him in that Country (1930), describes the discovery of a medieval Utopian Lost Race in the heart of contemporary England. Midanglia, a benevolent monarchy, lives according to egalitarian principles: equal pay for all; no marriage, no Religion, no high Technology. Tragically, however, an ...

O'Keefe, Megan E

(1985-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Another Range of Mountains" in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: Volume 30 (anth 2014) edited by Dave Wolverton, and who initially focused on fantasy, in particular the Scorched Continent sequence beginning with Steal the Sky (2016), set in a Steampunk-inflected world with Airships and Doppelgangers and much usable gear. O'Keefe is of sf interest for her second series, the Protectorate ...

Barrett, William E

(1900-1986) US amateur pilot and author, many of whose stories were nonfantastic recounts of World War One combat; he had published Flight from Youth (1939) before the war, later incorporating it into The Edge of Things (coll 1960), whose three stories all relate in some way to flying. Much earlier, he began publishing short stories with "The Music of Madness" for Weird Tales, March 1926. His sf novel, The Fools of Time (1963), unconvincingly posits an Immortality Drug based on cancer. Lady of ...

Koebel, W H

(1872-1923) UK author of The Singular Republic (1908), which describes a benevolent South American Utopia known as Neuvonie, where romance (and decimal currency) flourish, until fault lines in its trading relations with the rest of the world instigate a revolution, ending the experiment. [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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