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Kobayashi Yasumi

(1962-2020) Japanese sf, mystery and horror author, who graduated in engineering from Osaka University, and worked in Communications technology at the Sanyō Electronics Institute of New Materials. His debut as an author, "Kangu Shūrisha" ["Toy Repairer"] (April 1995 Yasei Jidai; title story of coll 1999), concerns Faustian pacts with a sinister woman who will fix any toy, and later any child, for a price. With subtle allusions to the Cthulhu Mythos, it won the Japanese Horror Grand ...

Blumenfeld, F Yorick

(1932-    ) Dutch-born author, in the US from 1941 and latterly in the UK; son of the German artist and photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969), about whom he wrote The Naked and the Veiled: The Photographic Nudes of Erwin Blumenfeld (1999). His first sf novel, Jenny Ewing: My Diary (1981 chap; vt Jenny: My Diary 1982 chap) as by Jenny Ewing offers an exceedingly grim Post-Holocaust vision of the UK after nuclear devastation, as seen by the reluctant survivor whose ...

Hughes, Peter Tuesday

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ), who specialized in pornography or Sex novels, depending on jurisdiction, often depicting gay relationships (see Gender) with a depth surprising for the markets he published for. Of sf interest are Remake (1971), Alien (1972), The Daemon (1977), The Eyes of the Basilisk (1977) and The Phallic Worshippers (1977); other titles by Hughes may be sf, but have not yet been identified as such. [JC]

Friedman, Michael Jan

(1955-    ) US author, mostly notably of Ties to Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation and other Star Trek spinoffs, including the My Brother's Keeper trilogy comprising Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper: Constitution (1998), Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper: Republic (1998), Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper: Enterprise (1999) and Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper: The Valiant (2000); plus Ties to other enterprises. He has also written a singleton, The Glove of Maiden's Hair ...

Turner, T J

(?   -    ) US author of an Alternate History tale, Lincoln's Bodyguard: In a Heroic Act of Bravery Saves Our Beloved President! John Wilkes Booth Killed in Act of Treason (2015), the period and Jonbar Point being made clear in the subtitle. The story goes on to trace the bodyguard's subsequent travails, as his act of heroism has served to prolong the Civil War, his family is savagely torn apart; but ultimately Lincoln sends him on a secret mission to redeem ...

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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