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Wyle, Karen A

(?   -    ) US lawyer and author whose Twin-Bred sequence, beginning with Twin-Bred (2010; rev 2014), examines in some detail the interspecies complications following First Contact between Homo sapiens and the hermaphroditic inhabitants of a planet which the former hope to colonize peacefully (see Colonization of Other Worlds). Attempts to bond the two species through an artificially-induced breeding of twins (one twin of each species) have ambiguous results. ...

Far Point

UK sf and fantasy A4-size magazine published by Victoria Publications, Grantham, Lincolnshire and edited by J C H (Charlie) Rigby. There were four bimonthly issues, November/December 1991 to May/June 1992. Printed on quality stock, Far Point was arguably a Slick magazine and it took advantage of this in its use of colour throughout each issue but especially with a centre double-page painting by that issue's cover artist. Artists so honoured, in order, were Keith Page, Tony Todd, David A Hardy ...

Matheson, Richard

(1926-2013) US screenwriter and author, initially thought of as primarily an sf writer, having begun to publish work of genre interest with "Born of Man and Woman" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Summer 1950; he was a creator of terror and fantasy in both fiction and film. His sometimes daring transgressions of conventional genre boundaries marked him from the first as a natural (and muscular) user of Equipoisal devices and assumptions; indeed, he had regarded his first (and ...

Comyns, Barbara

Working name of UK author Barbara Comyns-Carr (1907-1992), whose style's transfixed faux-naive simplicity intensifies the tone of pregnant magic realism (see Fabulation) that marks much of her work. In Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (1954), a small isolated village is uncannily disrupted first by a flood then by a plague (the latter all the more uncanny in that it seems not to be Pandemic but entirely local) [for Polder here and Twice-Told below see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links ...

Rinkoff, Barbara Jean

(1923-1975) US author of books for children, of which Elbert, the Mind Reader (1967) has, as its title indicates, some sf interest. [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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