(1939- ) Australian writer, who has also lived and worked in the UK and USA. He began publishing sf with "Vendetta's End" for Science Fiction Adventures (UK) #29 in November 1962, and for the next four years appeared primarily in New Worlds; he wrote some stories with Ron Smith (1936- ) under the joint pseudonym Martin Loran. His sf novel, The Off-Worlders (June-July 1966 New Worlds as "The God Killers"; 1966 dos US; vt The God Killers 1968 Aus) portrays the superstition-ridden ex-colony planet of Merryland and a search for the lost knowledge it contains. The Hermes Fall (1978) depicts with some vigour the Disaster created when an Asteroid strikes the Earth. Increasingly, Baxter has concentrated on writing on the cinema, his work in this genre including the informative, though not always accurate, Science Fiction in the Cinema (1970), and 11 titles unconnected with sf. The Fire Came By (1976), written with Thomas A Atkins, a science-fact book containing some almost-sf speculations, tells of the great Siberian explosion of 1908. Steven Spielberg: The Unauthorized Biography (1996) and Mythmaker: The Life and Works of George Lucas (1999) are competent popular studies. As editor Baxter produced The Pacific Book of Australian Science Fiction (anth 1968) and its sequel, under various titles (see below). A further biography of sf importance is The Inner Man: The Life of J.G. Ballard (2011). [JC/PN]
see also: Cinema.
John Martin Baxter
born Sydney, New South Wales: 14 December 1939
works as editor
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