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Valliant, Paul

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future thriller Copula Deception (2015) is set in New York. A stock market scandal, on investigation by the police-captain protagonist, proves to be a skin concealing dangerous Genetic Engineering, which in turn segues into American interventions in African states. [JC]

Mottley, Peter

(1935-2006) UK author, actor, playwright and advertising worker best known for the Shakespearean dramatic monologue After Agincourt (BBC Radio 3, 1988). His sf novel is The Sex Bar (1972), a farce which derives its comic impetus from the contraceptive/aphrodisiac (see Drugs) confectionery of the title. [DRL]

Mihalik, Jessie

(?   -    ) US software engineer and author who has specialized in broad-gauge Space Operas with romance elements, female protagonists who may be princesses caught up in the kind of intrigues that normally roust Galactic Empires. Examples are the Rogue Queen sequence beginning with The Queen's Gambit (2018), featuring a queen who must win a War while falling in love with her adversary; the Consortium Rebellion sequence beginning with Polaris Rising (2019), ...

Mailer, Norman

(1923-2007) US public figure, controversialist and author at the centre of American intellectual life for many decades after the publication of his first novel, The Naked and the Dead (1948), though his influence waned in his last years. Mailer's work was never identified with genre fiction, but all of his later fiction contain elements of Fantasy, with frequent evocations of an imaginative world containing spirits, paranormal phenomena and magical correspondences. Even a work as early as ...

Appleby, Ken

Working name of UK author Kenneth Philip Appleby (1953-    ), whose first sf novel, The Voice of Cepheus (1989), presents a clear-voiced, optimistic vision of the consequences of First Contact with an Alien species whose signals have been detected by the young female protagonist and her astronomer boss. [JC]

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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