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Schwarz, Mauricio-José

(1955-    ) Mexican author and photographer who for seven years had an sf column in the country's daily newspaper Excelsior; he has lived in Spain since 1999. He is the author of about 50 short stories, many sf or horror. Schwarz was the first winner, in 1984, of the Puebla Award for Best SF Short Story in Mexico with his tale "La pequena guerra" ["The Smallest War"]. Some of his stories are collected in Escenas de la realidad virtual ["Scenes from Virtual Reality"] (coll ...

Hurley, Graham

(1946-    ) UK television scriptwriter and producer and author whose first novel, Rules of Engagement (1990; rev 1991), is based on his own 1989 Near Future Television drama, Rules of Engagement (1989 6 episodes), set in the sealed-off English city of Portsmouth just on the eve of World War Three. His later books, mainly the Joe Faraday sequence of crime thrillers, also centre on Portsmouth; all of them are highly competent. [JC]

Tsouras, Peter G

(?   -    ) US soldier, intelligence officer and author of Greek descent, most of whose books are nonfictional or lightly fictionalized Alternate Histories with an emphasis on military matters and featuring clearly articulated Jonbar Points, beginning with Gettysburg: An Alternate History (1997), in which a number of military actions are described as having turned out differently, the speculations in this book being narrowly focused. More adventurous are Dixie ...


Also known as YΔCHT. American electropop band, founded by Jona Bechtolt (1980-    ). The group is more fully integrated into digital culture than many – initially created for an "art and technology platform" entitled "Crap-tops versus Laptops" organized by New York's Museum of Modern Art, Yacht add Powerpoint presentations, software piracy and integrated blogging and vlogging to the usual recording-and-touring business of being in a band. Their fourth album, See ...

Edwards, Les

(1949-    ) UK illustrator, primarily of Fantasy subjects although he has worked in many genres, sf included; in the late 1990s he began producing artworks in a different, far more painterly vein, and for these he adopted the alter ego Edward Miller. / Edwards received his formal art education at Hornsey College of Art, and soon after graduating became a client of John Spencer's art agency Young Artists; since then he has been a full-time illustrator. His first cover ...

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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