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Pizor, Faith K

(1943-    ) American historian and proprietor of a children's bookstore. With T Allan Comp she edited the useful compilation The Man in the Moone: An Anthology of Antique Science Fiction (anth 1971), in which nine Moon voyages from 1638 to 1841 appear. These include works then not otherwise readily accessible to the modern reader, by Francis Godwin, John Wilkins and others. [PN/DRL]

Kelley, Thomas P

(1905-1982) Canadian prizefighter, circa 1927-1929 under the name Tommy Kelley, and author, by his own description "King of the Canadian pulp writers", mostly of adventure fiction and "true crime", under his own name and a variety of pseudonyms, including Gene Bannerman, Roy P Devlin and Valentine North. Some of his novels are of sf interest. I Found Cleopatra (November 1938-February 1939 Weird Tales; cut 1946; text restored 1977) is a Lost World tale set Underground where a race, which has ...

Wessex, Martyn

Pseudonym of UK author P F Little (?   -    ) for two sf novels written for Robert Hale Limited: The Slowing Down Process (1974), in which a space capsule returns to Earth with a dead astronaut and the seeds of a lethal Pandemic; and Chain Reaction (1976), where human fertility is endangered by the effects of a new Drug. [JC/DRL]

Whiteley, Aliya

(1974-    ) UK author primarily associated with fantasy, beginning with her first story, "Geoffrey Says" in Shred of Evidence for November 2004; much of her shorter work is assembled in Witchcraft in the Harem (coll 2013). Her first novel, Mean Mode Median (2004), is nonfantastic, as is Three Things About Me (2006), a contemporary Satire. Though clearly not rooted in sf conventions, her later novels exploit with some Equipoisal sophistication various modes of Fantastika as a ...

Frances, Stephen

(1917-1989) UK publisher and pulp author who lived in Spain from the early 1950s. In the mid-1940s he founded his own publishing company, Pendulum Publications, which released a variety of genre fiction, including sf. His sf line was the Pendulum "Popular" Spacetime Series, whose editor, Frank Arnold, introduced Frances to John Carnell, a meeting that led to the birth of New Worlds in 1946; but after only three issues the company was sold (and liquidated). / Frances then founded his own ...

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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