Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Nicholson, Joseph Shield

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(1850-1927) UK economist and writer. The first of his three anonymous fantasy novels, Thoth (1888), is borderline Science Fiction, describing a technologically advanced but decadent culture coexistent with primitive but virile Periclean Athens. A Dreamer of Dreams (1889) is a moralistic fantasy whose protagonist's adventures in drug-assisted lucid dreaming lead him into a paranoid nightmare where he is blackmailed into a Pact with the Devil. The most interesting is Toxar (1890), an extended conte philosophique in which an empathically gifted scholar-slave gives his masters the advice they demand, so that their warped ambitions may lead them to destruction. [BS]

Joseph Shield Nicholson


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.