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Hunter, Alan [2]

(1923-2012) UK artist who is best known for his intricately detailed black-and-white ink drawings. He also painted covers in the brightly coloured Pulp tradition for the first two issues of Nebula Science Fiction published in Autumn 1952 and Spring 1953, and was credited as this magazine's art consultant. Numerous early drawings in his more typical manner appeared as interior art in ...

Pearce, Brenda

(1935-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "Hot Spot" in Analog for 1974. Kidnapped into Space (1975) and Worlds for the Grabbing (1977) are both routine but enjoyable Space Opera tales in which her interest in technical and technological matters sometimes shows through to advantage. [JC]

Bryant, Edward

(1945-2017) US author, almost exclusively of short stories, who was born in New York State but raised in Wyoming, whose geography and culture consistently informed his work, a circumstance to which he paid his respects in Wyoming Sun (coll 1980), which assembles fictions affected by that visually superb region. Bryant began to publish work of genre interest with "They Come Only in Dreams" for Adam and "Sending the Very Best" for New Worlds, ...

Monsters and Imagi-Movies

US letter-size perfect-bound Media Magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Publisher: New Media Publications. Editor: Forrest J Ackerman. One undated but numbered issue, 1985. / One of Ackerman's several unsuccessful efforts to return to publishing in the vein of Famous Monsters of Filmland between the end of the original run in 1983 and its first revival in 1993, ...

Williams, Charles

(1886-1945) UK poet, lay theologian and author whose novels are essentially theological Fantasy thrillers; he was closely associated with C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien as part of the Oxford reading group known as the Inklings. His romantic and obscurely devout use of Tarot and Grail imagery helped bring these themes into the generic mainstream [for Arthur, Grail, Inklings ...

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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