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Abraham, Daniel

(1969-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Mixing Rebecca" for The Silver Web, issue 13 1996, and whose first solo novel A Shadow in Summer (2006) – opening The Long Price Quartet – is fantasy, like most of his work. As M L N Hanover he wrote the Black Suns' Daughter sequence of Urban Fantasies [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] set in a noir Chicago. He collaborated with Gardner Dozois and George R R Martin on the sf ...

Rustoff, Michael

Pseudonym of UK minister and author Forbes Edward Winslow (1842-1913), whose What Will Mrs Grundy Say? or A Calamity on Two Legs (A Book for Men) (1891) carries its protagonist via Balloon to an unnamed (but nearby) planet where euthanasia is practised. The tale is told in a Satirical vein. [JC]

Pearson, Alec G

(?   -?   ) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The City of Flame!: A Grand, Complete Story of Thrilling Adventure (15 May-7 August 1915 Gem; 1915), set in a City in the mysterious east ruled by a She figure. [JC] see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers. /

Alam, Rumaan

(circa 1977-    ) US journalist and author whose third novel, Leave the World Behind (2020), comprises an acute analysis of racial/cultural stresses (see Race in SF) in the north-east corridor of America, after a very Near Future Disaster where New York is blacked out, leading the various protagonists of the tale to anticipate something like the End of the World, or to realize it is already under way. The central venue of the tale is a luxurious house on Long Island occupied ...

Brown, Charles N

(1937-2009) US publisher and editor, an sf fan who began his involvement in the field in the 1950s and who remains best known for co-founding (with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf) and running the sf news magazine Locus in 1968, initially as a Fanzine (see Newszines) addressed primarily to fans in the Boston, Massachusetts area; but eventually expanding its remit until it became the default organ of record and source of reliable information for and about the entire field: dispensing news, ...

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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