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Shoreline of Infinity

Scottish semi-professional magazine available in both ebook and print form, published by The New Curiosity Shop, Edinburgh, and edited by Noel Chidwick. Its first two issues were Summer and Winter 2015 but thereafter was quarterly, missing the Winter issues in 2018 and 2019 and the autumn 2020 issue. There were two special issues: #8½ (July 2017) printed for the Edinburgh International Book Festival and #11½ (April 2018) for the Edinburgh International Science Festival. / The ...

Lavers, Norman

(1935-    ) US ornithologist, academic and author whose sf novel, The Northwest Passage (1984), engages in an experiment (see Postmodernism) familiar to readers of the modern novel: the book comprises a "text", complete with a scholarly apparatus which is itself, of course, part of the "text". In this case, a far-future editorial apparatus surrounds (see Ruins and Futurity) the ...

Scott, Rosie

(1948-2017) New Zealand author, in Australia from 1987, most of whose work – which is various and widely published – is nonfantastic. Of sf interest is Feral City (1992), a Dystopian tale set in a Near Future Australian City, mostly wasteland haunted by the unwanted. The protagonist and two companions opens a bookshop. A fragile attempt to re-establish a humane urbanity is ...

Adams, Richard

(1920-2016) UK author who became instantly famous with his first novel, Watership Down (1972), a long, grave, well-crafted Animal Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], written ostensibly for children but clearly accessible to adults as well; it was followed by the pendant titles The Watership Down Film Picture Book (1978), which retells the same story as adapted for the animated film ...

Hoche, Jules

(1859-1926) French author whose works seem to divide fairly equally between fiction and nonfiction. Several of his novels are sf, including Le Faiseur d'Hommes et sa Formule (1906; trans Brian Stableford as The Maker of Men and His Formula 2015), a tale clearly influence by H G Wells's The Island of Dr Moreau (1896), though the eponymous Mad Scientist ...

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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