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Herbert, James

(1943-2013) UK advertising art director and author, best known for bestselling tales of horror, several of which have an sf premise (see Horror in SF). His first and still best known novel, The Rats (1974), which begins the Rats sequence, is a Disaster novel in which London is overwhelmed by a vicious strain of giant Mutant rats. The chaos continues in ...

Palma, Félix J

(1968-    ) Spanish author, who began publishing short fiction, much of it fantasy or sf, in the late 1980. The first volume of his Victorian Trilogy sequence – comprising to date El mapa del tiempo (2008; trans Nick Caistor as The Map of Time 2011) and El mapa del Cielo (2012; trans Nick Caistor as The Map of the Sky 2012) – is an Alternate History tale set in a ...

Dick, Philip K

(1928-1982) US author, one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Genre SF and an author of general significance. He is a figure who helps define by contrast those identified in this Encyclopedia as Mainstream Writers of SF: writers, that is, whose comprehension of the significant literatures of the last century has sometimes seemed less than full. An author like Thomas ...

Wynd, Oswald

(1913-1998) Japanese-born author, in America and Scotland from the 1930s; in addition to several novels under his own name, he wrote thrillers as by Gavin Black. When Ape Is King (1949) is an Apes as Human tale set during the Japanese Invasion of Malaya in World War Two. [JC]

Weird World

UK magazine, quarto-format on poor book paper sufficient to appear like a slim Pulp magazine. Two undated issues, 1955-1956, published by Gannet Press, Birkenhead; edited anonymously. Weird World printed a mixture of sf and fantasy, including some reprints. The fiction was of fairly low quality, though not as bad as the material published by Gannet Press under its original owners. The magazine is very rare, but only a completist would want it. The advertised ...

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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