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Follett, Ken

Working name of UK author Kenneth Martin Follett (1949-    ), not to be confused with his cousin James Follett, best-known for extremely successful thrillers like Storm Island (1978; vt The Eye of the Needle 1978), but who, under pseudonyms, has also written some sf, mostly in his apprentice years. The Power Twins and the Worm Puzzle: A Science Fantasy for Young People (1976) as by Martin Martinsen is a juvenile; Amok: King of Legend (1976) as by Bernard L Ross is a marginal ...

Williams, Heathcote

(1941-2017) UK poet, playwright, actor, political activist and author, initially notable in sf circles for his connections with the 1960s British New Wave, though he did not contribute material to its typical outlets; most of his work was, in fact, technically nonfantastic, though his plays – like his most famous, AC/DC (first performed Royal Court Theatre, London, 1970; in Gambit International Theatre Review, coll 1971) – were often so flamboyantly transgressive that they could be ...

Timlin, Mark

(1944-    ) UK author, almost exclusively of crime thrillers mostly set in London, his most popular series being the Nick Sharman tales; his pseudonyms include Johnny Angelo, Jim Ballantyne, Holly Delatour, Lee Martin, Martin Milk and Tony Williams. The Torturer (1995) as by Ballantyne is horror. Of sf interest is I Spied a Pale Horse (1999), a very Near Future tale in which the End of the World, at the turn of the Millennium, is caused by a universal Pandemic. [JC]

Favole, Robert J

(1950-    ) US author of two connected Time Travel tales for the Young Adult market, Through the Wormhole (2001) and Monday Redux (2003), each involving its young protagonist in a trip back through time to save friends and relatives from danger. [JC]

Bott, Claire

(?   -    ) UK poet, journalist and author whose first novel is a tie remotely associated with the Doctor Who universe: Time Hunter: The Clockwork Woman (2004) comprises the surprisingly intense and sophisticated first-person narrative of the eponymous Android driven by clockwork, an image of fantasy Bondage [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] most famously utilized by Russell Hoban in The Mouse and His Child (1967). The tale is set in 1805, ...

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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