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Björk Guðmundsdóttir (1965-    ) Icelandic singer and composer, widely celebrated for her idiosyncratic vocal style and a left-field eccentricity of musical focus that often shades into sf; she has worked on occasion with the singer-songwriter and author Sjón between 1995 and 2011. "Human Behaviour", her first hit (from Debut, 1993) takes the position of a ...

Garvin, Richard M

(1934-1980) US author whose main career was in advertising. His two sf novels, both in collaboration with Edmond G Addeo, are The FORTEC Conspiracy (1968) and The Talbott Agreement (1968). In the former, a crashlanded Spaceship with five sick Aliens aboard infects Earth with a deadly disease; the latter novel is borderline sf with espionage elements involving ...

Leokum, Leonard

(1941-2000) US author of a Near Future sf novel, Weather War (1978) with Paul Posnick, in which the major powers, as World War Three threatens, explore the possibilities of using the technology of Weather Control against one another. [JC]

Michelson, Miriam

(1870-1942) US journalist and author, the long title story of whose The Awakening of Zojas (coll 1910), set in a romantically medievalized Italy, describes the Invention of a form of Suspended Animation; the subject of the experiment, a famous bandit, eventually comes to rule Italy. [JC]

Chase, Adam

Pseudonym used usually by Milton Lesser alone, but once in collaboration with Paul W Fairman on The Golden Ape (1959), based on "Quest of the Golden Ape" (January-March 1957 Amazing) as by Adam Chase and Ivar Jorgensen, the latter being a House Name associated in that spelling with Fairman. [JC] links / ...

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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