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McKinney, Jack

Collaborative pseudonym of Brian C Daley and James Luceno for a series of Ties to the Robotech Television series of Mecha cartoon adventures; also for the unrelated Black Hole Travel Agency sequence, about the threatened use of Earth as an amusement park for Aliens. [JC/DRL]

Williams, Walter Jon

(1953-    ) US author whose first works were nautical tales as by Jon Williams, beginning with The Privateer (1981), non of them fantastic. He began to publish sf with Ambassador of Progress (1984), an unexceptional novel (but see Women in SF) in which a female agent whose mission is to revive civilization makes contact with an abandoned, semi-feudal colony planet. Knight Moves (1985) describes the attempts of an immensely powerful Immortal and his old friends and enemies to ...

Goldberg, Rube

(1883-1970) US cartoonist, illustrator, screenwriter, Comics author and author, active from around 1904. He is of sf interest primarily for his humorous cartoons (see Humour) featuring Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts and his Inventions. As with the work of his contemporary, W Heath Robinson, many of these inventions lampoon some of the technological excesses of the First Industrial Age, featuring enormously complex Machines constructed to accomplish simple or sometimes unlikely tasks, ...

Amper, Drax

(?   -    ) UK author, almost certainly pseudonymous, of one routine Space Opera, Far Beyond the Blue: A Science Fiction Thriller (1954). [JC]

Westall, Robert

(1929-1993) UK art teacher (1960-1985), antique shop proprietor and author whose work, until near the end of his life, was usually for the Young Adult market or for younger children; from the beginning of his career, he was clearly at the forefront of those authors who had begun to respond to their audience's need for more direct confrontation with issues that concerned them. His nonfantastic debut novel, The Machine-Gunners (1975), which formed the basis of the play The Machine-Gunners (first ...

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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