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Hamilton, Donald

(1916-2006) Swedish-American author of many spy thrillers and several Westerns. Assignment: Murder (1956; vt Assassins Have Starry Eyes 1965) is of marginal sf interest in that its threatened protagonist is a nuclear research Scientist whose Project comes under attack. Hamilton is best known for the Matt Helm series of 27 spy thrillers (1960-1993, plus one still unpublished) beginning with Death of a Citizen (1960), in which former wartime assassin Helm is reactivated to work for a secret US ...

Ian, Janis

Working name of US musician, singer and songwriter Janis Eddy Fink (1951-    ), popular in and appreciative of sf Fandom. With Mike Resnick and (anonymously) Martin H Greenberg she co-edited the Original Anthology Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian (anth 2003; exp vt Stars: The Anthology 2014), introduced by Ian and featuring her own debut sf story "Second Person Unmasked". She has written further short genre fiction, including a collaboration with Kevin ...

Captain Marvel

US Comic-book character, in fact a sequence of characters, the first of which to bear the name was created by artist C C Beck (the first to draw the character) and writer Bill Parker. Captain Marvel first appeared in 1940 in Fawcett's Whiz Comics (1940-1953) and then contemporaneously in Fawcett's Captain Marvel Adventures (1941-1953); Jack Kirby and Mac Raboy were among its many later illustrators. Foremost among its scriptwriters was Otto Binder (see Eando Binder), who developed Captain ...

Petithuguenin, Jean Alexandre

Pseudonym of French translator and author J A de Saint Valry (1878-1939), who concentrated in his prolific career mostly on thrillers; his pseudonym was sometimes given as Petit-Huguenin. Titles of sf interest include Une mission internationale dans la Lune ["An International Mission to the Moon"] (first version appeared 1926 Journal Des Voyages; rev 1933), in which scientifically plausible Rockets are used to propel a Spaceship to the Moon, a tale quite likely inspired by advances in rocket ...

Richter, Hans

Working name of German author Johannes Richter (1889-1941), whose early association with the Nazi regime in Germany has obliterated his reputation. His novel Der Kanal (1923) is derivative of Bernhard Kellermann's The Tunnel (1903) and describes a five-year construction project to build a canal between the North Sea and the Adriatic. The project is doomed, with great loss of life and the eventual insanity of the project manager. Turmstadt: Roman ["Turmstadt: A Novel"] (1926) reflects the ...

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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