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Besher, Alexander

(1951-2020) China-born, Japanese-raised US author, editor and journalist who published a posthumous edition of David Lindsay's tales as The Violet Apple & The Witch (1976) in his Chicago Review Press, and who began to publish sf in English (some stories had appeared in Japanese) with his Rim cycle, comprising Rim: A Novel of Virtual Reality (1994), Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality (1998) and Chi (1999). The first of these is perhaps the most innovative – Brian Stableford used a term of ...

Womack, Marian

(1975-    ) Spanish translator, editor and author, now mostly resident in the UK; she writes in both Spanish and English, her first work of genre interest being "Nox Una" in Aquelarre (anth 2010) edited by Pablo Mazo Agüero and Antonio Rómar; in her own translation, "Nox Una" was included in The Silent Garden: A Journal of Esoteric Fabulism (anth 2018) edited anonymously. Her earlier work – the stories assembled as Lost Objects (coll 2018) and her first ...

Martin, Michael

(?   -    ) UK author of a spoof Planetary Romance, A Year Near Proxima Centauri (1992), set on the planet Provender, a gourmandizer's heaven; the target of Martin's mild Satire is A Year in Provence (1989) by Peter Mayle (1939-2018), which arguably romanticizes rural life as experienced by visitors. [JC]

Final Space

US animated tv series (2018-2021). Conaco, Jam Filled Entertainment, ShadowMachine, Studio T. Created by Olan Rogers. Executive producers include Conan O'Brien, Olan Rogers and David Sacks. Writers include Jane Becker, Alyssa Lane, Olan Rogers, David Sacks and Alex J Sherman. Directors include Ben Bjelajac, Mike Roberts. Voice cast includes Fred Armisen, Claudia Black, Ashly Burch, Keith David, Coty Galloway, Tom Kenny, Vanessa Marshall, Olan Rogers, Tika Sumpter, David Tennant and Steven Yeun. ...

Dearen, Patrick

(1951-    ) US author, almost exclusively of Westerns set in Texas, in his native Pecos country; he began his career, however, with two sf novels: The Shakwa (1979) with Al Kinney Jr, writing together as Gene March, whose protagonist is drawn through Hyperspace into a kind of dreamland, where he becomes the eponymous figure of great power and destiny; and Starflight to Faroul (1980), a metaphysical Space Opera whose heroes escape Prison in order to find the eponymous planet, ...

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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