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Mann, George

Entry updated 20 May 2024. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1978-    ) UK editor and author whose The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2001) was an ambitious one-person attempt to cover the field (see Bibliographies), though at less than 700 pages its coverage was necessarily constrained (the term Mammoth in the title was imposed by the publishers to echo their numerous The Mammoth Book of ... anthologies edited by Mike Ashley and others). His first sf novel, The Human Abstract (2004) is a competent Space Opera (see also Colonization of Other Worlds), but his most interesting work is probably contained in the Newbury & Hobbes sequence – comprising The Affinity Bridge (2008; vt The Affinity Bridge: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation 2009) and The Osiris Ritual (2009) – which is set in an exorbitant Steampunk version of Victorian London, an atmosphere daily intensified by new Inventions, novel forms of Transportation, and mass killings. Moved forward to a 1920s world plagued by echoes of World War One, this steampunk vision is extended to a Decadent New York in the Ghost sequence starting with Ghosts of Manhattan: A Tale of the Ghost (2010; rev vt Ghosts of Manhattan 2014), featuring the eponymous Superhero. His Sherlock Holmes novels, Sequels by Other Hands beginning with Sherlock Holmes: The Will of the Dead (2013), are tangentially set in the Newbury & Hobbes universe. [JC/DRL]

George Mann

born Darlington, County Durham: 8 July 1978



Doctor Who: Time Hunter

Doctor Who New Series

Newbury & Hobbes


Sherlock Holmes: Newbury & Hobbes

Warhammer 40,000


  • Wychwood (New York: Titan Books, 2017) [Wychwood: pb/Julia Lloyd]
  • Hallowdene (New York: Titan Books, 2018) [Wychwood: pb/Julia Lloyd]

Star Wars: The High Republic

Star Wars: The High Republic: Phase III: Trials of the Jedi


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works as editor


Solaris Science Fiction

Solaris Fantasy

individual titles as editor


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