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Yokoyama Eiji

(1953-    ) Japanese artist and Manga illustrator, who quit his design company job in 1981, the same year as his comics debut, "Richigi-na Gendai" ["The Age of Integrity"] (graph 1981 Comic Ryū). Other notable early works include Scramble Kekka ["Scramble Effect"] (graph 1982 Shōnen Champion) and Monthly Planet (graph 1985 S-F Magazine), all gag strips depicting Hard SF situations with cute, infantilized characters. He was also a cover illustrator for many ...

Byrne, Monica

(1981-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Comedy at Kualoa" in Electric Velocipede #21/#22 for Fall 2010. Her first novel, The Girl in the Road (2014), is largely set in a Near Future some decades hence in which Africa is the newest superpower, India occupies the former superpower role of the faded USA, and a remarkable pontoon bridge known as the Trail – intelligent and self-repairing – makes it possible to walk across the ...

Watson, John B

(1878-1958) US psychologist and author, the principal figure in the creation and advancement of the school of behaviourism that dominated modern American Psychology for many decades (its influence was greatest in the US). He is of little direct sf interest, though indirectly his theory and practice can be seen to tacitly underlie much Genre SF, in tales where it is assumed that any child can gain competence, and even Superpowers, through the benefits of proper education (see Children in SF; ...

Hunt, Andrew

(?   -    ) UK veterinarian whose only publication to date seems to be a contribution to the Doctor Who: New Adventures sequence within the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark (1992). [JC]

Gardner, Erle Stanley

(1889-1970) US lawyer and author, most famous for the eighty-two volume Perry Mason detective series beginning with The Case of the Velvet Claws (1933). He had been extremely prolific from the start of his career around 1921, publishing at least 60 stories and a novel in Pulp magazines in 1933 alone; he spent almost no time at all on sf. His first story of genre interest was "Rain Magic" for (20 October 1928 Argosy All-Story Weekly); of some note were "Monkey Eyes" (3 August 1929 Argosy ...

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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