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Mori Hiroshi

(1957-    ) Prolific Japanese author and model-maker, who gave up youthful Manga illustration under the name Mori Muku to specialize in rheology (the flow of viscous plastics). He became an associate professor in engineering at Nagoya University before quitting in 2005 to become a full-time author of prose fiction. Mori is largely known as a thriller writer in Japan, usually with scientific themes recalling the detective mysteries of Isaac Asimov, and titles that often pun ...

Wibberley, Leonard

(1915-1983) Irish journalist and author, in the UK from about 1930, in the US from 1943, who published over 100 books, some of his detective fiction being as by Leonard Holton; much of his work was for children, many of these titles being as by Patrick O'Connor or Christopher Webb. Only a modest proportion of his output was sf or fantasy. His first and most famous sf novel, the ostensibly adult tale which begins the Grand Fenwick Ruritanian spoof sequence, was The Mouse that Roared (25 December ...

Crandall, Melissa

(?   -    ) US author of Ties, including one for Star Trek, one for Quantum Leap (1989-1993) and a novelization of the two-part opening story of Earth 2 (1994-1995). [JC]

MacKay, Kenneth

(1859-1935) Australian soldier, politician, sportsman and author whose Yellow Peril tale, The Yellow Wave: A Romance of the Asiatic Invasion of Australia (1895), describes a Chinese Invasion in 1954 under the guidance of Russia, the romance which causes the death of the secret leader of the invaders and the Australian he loves, and the continuing war which the Australians seem likely to lose. MacKay was given an OBE in 1920. [JC] see also: Australia. /

Fantastic Science Fiction

US letter-size magazine, edited by Walter B Gibson, the prolific pulp writer and creator of The Shadow (see The Shadow). Only two issues appeared, #1 (August 1952) published by Super Science Fiction Publications, #2 (December 1952) by Capitol Stories, both subsidiaries of Charlton Publications, Connecticut. / This inferior magazine, whose stories featured formulaic, simplistic and chauvinistic adventure, should not be confused with Fantastic, also begun in 1952, which for April ...

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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