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Hall, Sarah

(1974-    ) UK author whose second novel, The Electric Michelangelo (2004), skirts Fantastika through the life story of a tattooist. Of direct sf interest is her third novel, The Carhullan Army (2007), comprises the fragmented record (laid down long before its discovery) of a young woman brought up in a Near Future British Dystopia where women are scapegoated (see Women in SF); she escapes into the Lake District, where a commune of Feminists and environmental activists has ...

Underwood-Miller Inc

US Small Press founded in 1976 by Pennsylvania-based Chuck Miller and Tim Underwood, who worked in California. Their first book, a first hardcover edition of Jack Vance's The Dying Earth (1950; their edition 1976) almost accidentally set them on a course which would identify them with that author, many of whose works, new and old, they subsequently released. Other ambitious projects included several nonfiction books about Stephen King and a well-edited five-volume edition of The Collected ...

Rishi, Farah Naz

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, I Hope You Get This Message (2019), reinvokes, with some twists, the traditional Young Adult scenario where a young protagonist (or in this case three friends) must somehow persuade a galactic council of homo sapiens's virtues; species extirpation will be the cost of failure. The message NASA receives from the Interplanetary Affairs Committee representing the Alien civilization of Alma is that one week remains before ...

Smith, Eve

(?   -    ) UK author in whose first novel, The Waiting Rooms (2020), is set in a Near Future Dystopian world where – after an antibiotic crisis twenty years earlier marked by a sudden increase of bacterial immunity to Drugs – those over seventy are enclosed in the eponymous coercive Keeps, as because of their untreatable contagiousness they are in themselves a kind of Pandemic. A Technothriller plot gives some hope that a previously baulked cure ...

Leokum, Leonard

(1941-2000) US author of a Near Future sf novel, Weather War (1978) with Paul Posnick, in which the major powers, as World War Three threatens, explore the possibilities of using the technology of Weather Control against one another. [JC]

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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