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Silent, William T

Pseudonym of US author John William Jackson Jr (1945-    ), author of Lord of the Red Sun (1972), which begins as a Space Opera but becomes a Planetary Romance. [JC]

Illustration

Note: because both the original entry written by Brian W Aldiss for the 1979 First Edition, and the continuation written by Peter Nicholls for the 1993 Second Edition, can be regarded as interpretative essays on sf art by important critics as well as historical surveys, the decision has been made to retain them in their original form, and to add a third essay covering more recent developments. [GW] 1. From the Beginnings to 1978 The historical function of art in sf has been to illustrate ...

Lewis, Mick

(?   -    ) UK author of The Bloody Man (1998), a horror tale, and of two Ties for the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who: Rags (2001) and Doctor Who: Combat Rock (2003). [JC]

Pain, Barry

(1864-1928) UK author active from the 1880s, best known for the supernatural tales assembled in volumes like Stories in the Dark (coll 1901) and Stories in Grey (coll 1911), and for humorous fiction in which he uneasily condescended to the lower orders, the best known of these being the nonfantastic Eliza tales. He frequently made slanting use of sf devices and motifs, as in The Octave of Claudius (1897), whose protagonist submits, for a large sum, to a Mad Scientist's mysterious experiment ...

American Science Fiction Magazine

Australian monthly pocketbook magazine, a companion to Selected Science Fiction. 41 issues, May 1952-September 1955, unnumbered and undated 32pp booklets. Published by Malian Press, Sydney; no editor named, but likely to be the publisher, James Mitchell. The word "magazine" was not added to the cover until issue #25 suggesting that this had started as a book series rather than a magazine, and that the publisher had bought book rights rather than serial rights to stories. The "title" (more like ...

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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