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Ennes, Hiron

(?   -    ) US musician and author whose first novel Leech (2022), set in the distant Near Future, in a fastness (see Zone) known as the Interprovincial Medical Institute, nerve centre for a kind of distributed Hive Mind comprised of the world's remaining medical doctors, whose/its primary mission is to protect Homo sapiens from the ...

Crick, Donald

(1916-2005) Australian author, the last of his five novels being The Moon to Play With (1981), an sf Satire with a fairly mild touch. [JC]

Vyse, Michael

(?   -    ) UK teacher, painter and author, latterly resident in France, whose only known books both appeared in 1980. The tales assembled in The Outer Reaches (coll 1980) seem previously unpublished, but knowledgeably and competently run a wide gamut of sf and fantasy, most of the stories being moderately pessimistic about the prospects for planet Earth. Overworld (1980), a Dystopian ...

Scott, Jody

Working name of US author Joann Margaret Huguelet Scott Wood (1923-2007), whose first novel – Cure It With Honey (1952; vt I'll Get Mine 1958) with George Thurston Leite (1920-1985), writing together as Thurston Scott – was an underrated noir drug thriller. She began publishing work of genre interest with "Go for Baroque" (June 1961 F&SF), though she wrote little short fiction; of much greater importance is the ...

Brown, Dan

(1964-    ) US author of Technothrillers; his take on this form is unusual in some ways, although the usual threats to the safety – or even existence – of the world remain a staple. The engine that drives all his narratives is the puzzle-solving element. His first novel, Digital Fortress (1998), is a thriller largely about cryptanalysis, and features a vastly powerful Computer that ...

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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