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Reynolds, Alfred

(?   -    ) US author of Kiteman of Karanga (1985; vt Kiteman 1986), a Young Adult Planetary Romance set on Eftah, whose people are saved from the tyrannous lizard-riders known as the Hrithdon by the kite-rider Hero, young Karl, who is back from exile. [JC]

Hader, Berta

(1890-1976) US illustrator and author, born in Mexico of American parents in transit, whose copious work, in collaboration with her husband, includes one Young Adult sf tale, The Skyrocket (1946) with Elmer Hader, though it may be the case that the Rocket in question is fuelled by Magic. [JC]

Barnes, Colin F

(?   -    ) UK author whose first series, the Techxorcist sequence beginning with Artificial Evil (2012) is set in an artificial world-dominating domed City (see Keep); renamed, the essential overall story seems to continue in the Code Breakers sequence beginning with Code Breakers: Prequel (2014 chap) and Alpha (2014), placed in the same Post-Holocaust world. His second series, the City of Hell Chronicles beginning with City of Hell Chronicles Vol 1 (2011), ...

Steele, Curtis

A House Name used by Popular Publications on the magazine Operator #5. From April 1934 to November 1935 Steele was Frederick C Davis, from December 1935 to March 1938 he was Emile Tepperman, and from then to the end in November/December 1939 he was Wayne Rogers. [PN/DRL]

Cronenberg, David

(1943-    ) Canadian film-maker, author, actor and director, one of the most important practitioners of sf, in any medium, of the last quarter of the twentieth century. From his early student and underground films – Transfer (1966), From the Drain (1967), Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic) (1969) and Crimes of the Future (1970), the television short Secret Weapons (1972) – through his gutsy, increasingly surreal exploitation movies – The Parasite ...

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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