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Linaker, Michael R

(1940-    ) UK author of the Cade series of Near Future police procedurals, beginning with Cade #1: Darksiders (1992) as Mike Linaker; the tales are set primarily in New York, though Cade and his Cyborg sidekick find their investigations taking them to an asteroid mining colony in the first instalment. The earlier Scorpion series comprises horror tales featuring mutated Monster scorpions. [JC]

Rivera, Mercurio D

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Bargonns Can Swizzle" in Sybil's Garage for May 2005, assembled with other tales up to 2012 as Across the Event Horizon (coll 2013). Most of his work is sf; several of the stories focusing on issues of Identity, which tend to leak into, or iterate themselves, in terms of Alternate Worlds or Parallel Worlds. Others examine First Contact issues. Clones are several times in evidence. ...

Gross, Philip

(1952-    ) UK poet – whose first collection, Familiars (coll 1983 chap), was well received – and author, mostly for Young Adult audiences, beginning with The Song of Gail and Fludd (1991), a surreal rite of passage tale whose two protagonists, questing aimlessly from venue to venue as though traversing an endless Archipelago, encounter exemplary fantasy and sf modes of life, including one Feminist Utopia; in the end, they seem to understand that life is a ...

Greenberger, Robert

(1958-    ) US editor and author of a number of Star Trek Ties. Most of his work fits into the Star Trek: The Next Generation sub-universe, beginning with Star Trek, The Next Generation: Doomsday World (1990) with Carmen Carter, Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman; Star Trek, The Next Generation: A Time to Love (2004) was as Bob Greenberger. The Disinherited (1992) with Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman is tied to the original Star Trek sequence. In the Star Trek: Deep ...

Aronica, Lou

Working name of US publisher and editor Louis Michael Aronica (1958-    ), with Bantam Books 1979-1994, as Vice President and Publisher of the Spectra sf list which he established in 1985, Vice President and Publisher of mass-market books 1989-1992, and Vice President and Deputy Publisher 1992-1994; he was also editor of the Foundation sf programme until it was merged into the Bantam list. In 1994 he became Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Berkley Publishing Group, ...

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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