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Chapman, D D

(1926-1992) US zoologist, academic and author of Red Tide (1975) with Deloris Lehman Tarzan (whom see for details). [JC]

Stacy, Jan

(1948-1989) US author of Military SF novels, including the first four volumes of the Doomsday Warrior sequence in collaboration with Ryder Syvertsen under the joint pseudonym Ryder Stacy; Syvertsen continued the series solo (see his entry for titles). Their only non-series collaboration appeared under their real names: The Great Book of Movie Monsters (1983). Writing as John Sievert, they began the ...

Suvin, Darko

(1934-    ) Croatian-born academic, sf critic and poet, born and raised in the part of Yugoslavia that became Croatia; PhD from Zagreb University, where he taught 1959-1967; from 1968 until his retirement as full professor of English at McGill University, Montreal, he lived in Canada; he now lives in Italy. Suvin has been very closely associated with the development of academic interest in ...

West, Julian

Pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -?   ); Julian West is the name of the protagonist of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). The novel published under this name (see Sequels by Other Hands), My Afterdream: A Sequel to the Late Mr Bellamy's Looking Backward (1900), is a spoofish Satire on the original ...

Holly, Joan Hunter

A late working name of US author Joan Carol Holly (1932-1982), who before 1970 signed herself J Hunter Holly. She had a degree in psychology and conducted creative-writing workshops as well as doing her own work; a benign brain tumour, removed in 1970, interrupted her career 1966-1970, and she later suffered further ill health. She began publishing sf with a novel, Encounter (1959), in which Man and inimical Alien confront one another. Much of her work ...

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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