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Verba, Joan Marie

(1953-    ) US editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Death's Scepter" in Four Moons of Darkover (anth 1988) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley; much of her subsequent work has been for younger readers. She is of sf interest for her contributions to a Shared World sequence of original Ties to the Thunderbirds universe beginning with Thunderbirds: Countdown to Action (2008); they are unconnected to the Television series (see Thunderbirds). She has ...

Richmond, Charles

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf play, A Step into Infinity (1946 chap), set half-a millennium hence, depicts the end of a vast Future War on Earth, and more cheering events on the planet Xeres. [JC]

Sherl, Gregory

(?   -    ) US poet and author whose first novel, The Future for Curious People (2014) with Julianna Baggott (uncredited), is set in a Near Future America where limited Time Viewer access to the future is possible through complex processing that goes essentially unexplained. Time viewing is governmentally restricted to previews of the viewer's personal relationships; the plot deals with two twentysomethings whose romantic lives are adrift, and after seeing ...

Lindsay, David

(1876-1945) UK author, younger brother of Alexander Crawford, in military service 1916-1918; not to be confused with David T Lindsay. He is remembered today almost entirely for his first novel, A Voyage to Arcturus (1920), a tale whose apocalyptic intensity – and whose refusal of any balm or loving-kindness as its protagonist scours an alien world in search of a savage Transcendence – marks it as a work written in the aftermath of World War One; the last word spoken in the book, the ...

Martin, Troy Kennedy

(1932-2009) Scottish-born scriptwriter, in England from childhood, best known for non-fantastic work such as the BBC police procedural series Z Cars (1962-1978), which he created and for which he supplied scripts intermittently; brother of Ian Kennedy Martin. Some of the Satirical nihilism of his script for the film Kelly's Heroes (1970), directed by Brian G Hutton, disappeared when the studio cut twenty minutes from the film before its release. Martin is of sf interest for his Television ...

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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