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Dowling, Steve

(1904-1986) UK artist known almost solely for the Comic strip Garth (which see for bibliography), although he worked on other strips as well. He received his formal art training from the Liverpool School of Art and then the Westminster School of Art, before taking to comics art. He illustrated Garth – briefly scripting it at the outset until author J H G "Don" Freeman was brought in – from 1943 until his retirement in 1969, when his assistant John Allard took over. [JGr]

Chafe, Paul

(1965-    ) Canadian author and army reserve officer who began to publish work of genre interest with "Prisoner of War" in Man-Kzin Wars VII (anth 1995) edited by Larry Niven; he went on to produce the first full-length novel in the Man-Kzin Wars Shared World sequence, Destiny's Forge (2006). Mission Critical: Death of the Phoenix (1996) is a Tie to the Videogame Mission Critical (1995) designed by Mike Verdu, and forms a sequel to the game's interstellar action, also ...

Dolgov, Boris

(?   -?   ) US illustrator, sometimes signing himself just Dolgov, of whom almost nothing is known except that he worked in New York on Illustrations for the Pulps, serving alongside such artists as Virgil Finlay and Hannes Bok at Weird Tales during the 1940s and early 1950s; his middle initial may have been "I". He and Bok did some work together, signing it with the joint pseudonym Dolbokov. With or without Bok, although Dolgov worked for various magazines, such ...

Mills, Elliott E

(1881-1956) UK educationist and author Elliott Evans Mills, whose The Decline and Fall of the British Empire [for subtitle see Checklist] (1905 chap), published anonymously, is a future history designated for use in the National Schools of Japan in 2005 (see Ruins and Futurity). His Sleeper Awakes Satire, The Further Surprising Adventures of Lemuel Gulliver (First a Surgeon and Then Captain of Several Ships) in Topsy-Turvy Isle (1906 chap) as by Vivian Grey, is a Sequel by Another Hand in which ...

Baker, Will

Working name of US teacher, environmentalist and author William Edwin Baker (1935-2005), who began his publishing career with Syntax in English Poetry (1967) as William E Baker, his career as a writer of fiction with Chip (1979), one of several novels deeply involved in the world of the American West, and his short career as an sf writer with Shadow Hunter (1993), a post-Disaster tale in which, after a kind of last war has alarmed the powers-that-be, a hybrid species – the Pobla, who are ...

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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