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Williams, Nick Boddie

(1906-1992) US newspaperman – he was with the Los Angeles Times 1931-1971, serving as its chief editor from 1958 – and author who contributed short Genre SF stories to various Slicks; he reported having published his first sf story pseudonymously in Weird Tales in the late 1920s, but could recall neither title nor pseudonym. The Atom Curtain (1956 dos) is set in a thoroughly unusual Post-Holocaust America, 170 years after an atomic barrier has isolated it from the rest of the world. Inside, a crazed Immortal rules a population rapidly reverting to Neanderthal status (see Devolution), and a cave woman who, after being clubbed, falls in love with the barrier-penetrating protagonist. [JC]

Nick Van Boddie Williams

born Onancock, Virginia: 23 August 1906

died South Laguna, California: 1 July 1992



Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 16:38 pm on 24 June 2024.