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Gunther, Max

(1927-1998) UK-born author, in US from the age of thirteen; in his Disaster novel, Doom Wind (1986), a passing Comet generates winds of sufficient force to threaten New York. [JC]

Strasser, Dirk

(1959-    ) German-born editor and author, in Australia from early childhood; co-founder of the magazine Aurealis in 1990, which he co-edited until 2001, taking on full editorship from 2011, when it became an Online Magazine; the two Anthologies of material reflecting his tenure are Aurealis: Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Collector's Edition (anth 1992) with Stephen Higgins, and The Aurealis Mega Oz SF Anthology (anth 1999) with Stephen Higgins. / ...

Mertz, Joshua

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Cat Got Your Tongue" for Aboriginal in Winter 1997, and whose first novel, Machine Dreams (2000) – not to be confused with the nonfantastic Machine Dreams (1984) by Jayne Anne Phillips (1952-    ) – a Near Future tale set in megalopolitan San Frangeles and featuring a conflicted hero with Amnesia who somehow conceals within his fractured (or unfinished) mind ...

Skidmore, Joseph W

(1890-1938) US author usually considered as producing the worst-written material published in the SF Magazines, though he had some stiff competition. His first story was "Dramatis Personae" (Fall 1931 Amazing Stories Quarterly), where the last two survivors of the human race try to start new life an on alien world. Skidmore was best known, or at least most notorious, for his Posi and Nega series, which is the life story of two subatomic particles, told almost like a series of lectures, as they ...

Philip, Alex J

(1879-1955) UK author of Rabbits: A Novel of Realism (1946), which recounts an Invasion by Aliens who treat humans as though they were rabbits, and hunt them for sport (see Games and Sport). [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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