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Gray, Alasdair

(1934-2019) Scottish painter, playwright, poet and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Star" in Collins Magazine for Boys and Girls for May 1951, whose boy protagonist finds a transparent fallen star through which he sees other worlds; when a schoolmaster demands it, he swallows the star, gaining Transcendence but clearly dying. As Gray acknowledged, the tale was inspired by H G Wells's "The Crystal ...

Drummond, John Peter

House Name used in Fiction Houses's Jungle Stories between 1938 and 1954 for the Ki-Gor sequence, beginning with "Ki-Gor, King of the Jungle" (Winter 1938-1939 Jungle Stories); no authors have been identified. In book form, the Ki-Gor sequence, beginning with Ki-Gor: The Complete Series: Volume 1 (coll 2009), is complete through 1941. Ki-Gor, whose resemblance to Tarzan is manifest, seemingly ...

Hickson, Ella

(1985-    ) UK playwright whose Wendy & Peter Pan (performed 10 December 2013; 2014) is a Feminist restructuring of J M Barrie's version of the title characters, mostly adapting his Peter and Wendy (1911) [for J M Barrie see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of more direct sf interest is Oil (performed 7 October 2016; 2016), ...

von Däniken, Erich

(1935-    ) Swiss author of a series of purportedly nonfiction books, beginning with Erinnerungen an die Zukunft (1968; trans Michael Heron as Chariots of the Gods? 1969), which, based on a mass of often suspect and internally inconsistent data, argues that the Earth was visited by at least one Alien spacefaring race before and at the dawn of historical time; thus, for example, the Great Pyramid of ...

Mollmann, Steve

(1985-    ) US author to date exclusively associated with the Star Trek universe as an author of Ties, beginning with "The Future Begins" with Michael Schuster in What's Past (anth 2006) edited by its various contributors; his first full novel, Star Trek: A Choice of Catastrophes (2010) with Michael Schuster, edges into ...

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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