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Curtis, Jean-Louis

Pseudonym of French author Louis Lafitte (1917-1995), author of several untranslated works, none fantastic; his collection of five satirical sf stories, Un saint au néon (coll 1956; trans by Humphrey Hare as The Neon Halo: The Face of the Future 1958), very sharply depicts a Near-Future world whose centre cannot hold. The tone is vivacious, didactic, circumstantial; its wit is distanced in the récit fashion long favoured by French satirists. [JC]

Back Brain Recluse

UK Semiprozine, from June 1984 to October 2002; edited by Chris Reed initially at Smallfield, Surrey, then (from issue #9) from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and from #16 from Sheffield, South Yorkshire; 24 issues, published at irregular intervals but usually twice a year, but after issue #21 (November 1992) there was only one issue each in 1994, 1997 and 2002. It began as a slim-but-ambitious A5 format xeroxed Fanzine but switched to A4 from Spring 1990 (#15), professionally printed, with bold ...

Roberts, Keith

(1935-2000) UK author and illustrator long resident in the south of England, where most of his best fiction was set. After working as an illustrator and cartoon animator, he began publishing sf with "Anita" and "Escapism" in the same issue of Science Fantasy, September/October 1964; several of his early stories were written as by Alistair Bevan. He served as associate editor of Science Fantasy 1965-1966 and edited its successor SF Impulse for the whole of its run (March 1966-February 1967). His ...

Sibson, Francis H

(1899-1972) UK-born journalist and author, in South Africa from 1914 or earlier; most of his work, most of which appeared in the 1920s and 1930s, consisted of technically proficient tales involving aeroplanes or the sea and ships. The Survivors sequence comprising The Survivors (1932) and The Stolen Continent (1934) describes first the Near Future volcanic creation of a new Island in the Sargasso Sea, an event so violent that it causes two ocean liners to collide; the survivors of this ...

Warren, Kaaron

(1965-    ) Australian author, best known for supernatural horror tales like her first novel Slights (2009), which won a Ditmar Award for best novel. She began publishing work of genre interest with "The Blue Stream" in Aurealis for October 1994; this tale was assembled with other early work as The Grinding House (coll 2005; vt The Glass Woman 2007). Further collections include Dead Sea Fruit (coll 2010), Through Splintered Walls (coll 2012) and The Gate Theory (coll 2013). ...

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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