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Stevenson, D E

Working name of Dorothy Emily Stevenson (1892-1973), Scottish author of many romances and other works. Her only sf is The Empty World (A Romance of the Future) (1936; vt A World in Spell 1939), in which survivors of a great Holocaust must attempt somehow to cope with their Ruined Earth, and do so. [JC]

Emshwiller, Peter R

(1959-    ) US actor, illustrator and author, son of Carol Emshwiller and Ed Emshwiller, who has also worked as Stoney Emshwiller; of sf interest is his Near Future series of noir tales – The Host (1991) and Short Blade (1992) – set in a New York directly extrapolated (seemingly) from the mean-streets City 1970s Manhattan threatened to become. The action is intense but the ambience now seems less than prescient. [JC]

Daily Science Fiction

A US-based professional E-Zine emailed to subscribers each morning, Monday to Friday. It is run by Jonathan Laden and Michele-Lee Barosso and began on 1 September 2010 with "An Adventure in the Antiquities Trade" by Jeff Hecht. The daily schedule results in 260 or so stories per year, more than any other regular sf magazine. The stories run the whole gamut of sf, fantasy, Slipstream and Magic Realism and the website dutifully categorizes all stories. An interesting sequence was the "Alphabet ...

Prospero, Peter

Pseudonym, likely used by US editor and author Nathan Covington Brooks (1809-1898) for the novel-length sf tale, "The Atlantis: A Southern World" [for full title see Checklist] (September 1838-June 1839 American Museum of Science, Literature, and the Arts), the first four chapters of which appeared in The Man Who Called Himself Poe (anth 1969) edited by Sam Moskowitz. The tale itself is like and unlike Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (first four chapters ...

Perrin, Don

(1964-    ) Canadian author and game designer born in Germany, a former military officer; married to Margaret Weis from 1996 but later divorced. He has contributed to Weis's Dragonlance sequence and other Fantasy Role Playing Game franchises. Of sf interest is the Knights of the Black Earth/Mag Force 7 Space Opera trilogy opening with The Knights of the Black Earth (1995), all three books written with Weis (whom see for further details). [DRL] see also: Prisons; Wing ...

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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