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Stableford, Brian M

(1948-2024) UK academic, critic, translator and author, with a degree in Biology and a doctorate in Sociology, which he taught 1977-1988 before turning to writing full-time. He began his writing career early, collaborating with a schoolfriend, Craig A Mackintosh (writing together as Brian Craig), on his first published story, "Beyond Time's Aegis" for Science Fantasy #78 in 1965; much ...

Engling, Richard

(1952-    ) US playwright, actor and author whose Near-Future sf novel, Body Mortgage (1989), tells in a Cyberpunk idiom the tale of a Chicago private eye on the track of a body-parts scam – in this world, one's own body can serve as collateral for a mortgage – in the immediate run-up to the millennium. Engling's obvious competence would show more clearly, perhaps, in a more fully ...

Di Fate, Vincent

(1945-    ) US sf illustrator whose surname has sometimes been rendered DiFate by careless publishers. Born in Yonkers, New York, like many other sf illustrators he attended the Phoenix School of Design in New York City; he gained his Masters in Illustration from Syracuse University. He began his career doing tv animation for Ralph Bakshi on the series Mighty Mouse; his first professional sf illustration was for ...

Mackel, Kathryn

(1950-    ) US screenwriter and author who writes for adult and Young Adult readers as Kathryn Mackel, and for younger readers as Kathy Mackel. Her work throughout is infused with Christian beliefs and advocacies, which govern her deployment of sf tropes, so that events initially seen as sf soon become Equipoisal between sf and supernatural fiction before unfolding in terms of dramas where the ...

Ditko, Steve

(1927-2018) US Comics artist and writer, active from around 1953, his first professional assignment of genre interest being "Stretching Things" by Bruce Hamilton (1900-1974), which was eventually published in Fantastic Fears #5 for February 1954 [for a more detailed description of Ditko's early fantasy and other work, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. A ...

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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