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Russ, Joanna

(1937-2011) US academic and author who taught at various universities from 1970; she was a professor of English at the University of Washington from 1977 until her retirement in 1991. She began publishing sf in September 1959 with "Nor Custom Stale" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, a journal to which she also contributed intermittent but influential book reviews between 1967 and 1980. Her early work is less formally innovative than the stories she began to publish in the 1970s, ...

Oliver, Lauren

Pseudonym of US author Laura Schechter (1982-    ). whose first novel, Before I Fall (2010), is fantasy; of sf interest is the Delirium sequence of Young Adult tales, comprising Delirium (2011) and Pandemonium (2012) and set in a Dystopian Near Future America, where a medical cure for love is imposed on all citizens at the age of eighteen by a ruthless government. The protagonist fights against this. [JC]

Lambert, Derek

(1929-2001) UK journalist and author who specialized in political thrillers, and, writing as Richard Falkirk, in the nonfantastic Bow Street Runner sequence of proto-policiers set in the early nineteenth century. He is of sf interest for The Memory Man (1979) whose protagonist, after coming to life after death (see Reincarnation), feels he has found a land to explore; and for The Red Dove (1982), a Near Future Technothriller about the defection of a Russian cosmonaut to the United States. ...

Frakes, Randall

(1947-    ) US author of two Terminator film Ties, The Terminator (1985) with Bill Wisher and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), respectively novelizing The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). [JC/DRL]

Chivers, Greg

(?   -    ) UK Television producer and author, active in the making of documentary programmes from around 2005. His first novel, The Crying Machine (2019), is set in a moderately distant Near Future Jerusalem, some time after World War Three has been succeeded by a further planetary conflict. Europe and America, in terms reminiscent of Cyberpunk visions of commandeered futures, are governed by AIs; Jerusalem is more primitive. The historical "Antikythera ...

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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