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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Chong, Vincent

(1981-    ) UK illustrator known primarily for his striking illustration of urban Fantasy, dark Fantasy and horror subjects, but who has also illustrated sf – for example, John Scalzi's FTL starship-set novella The God Engines (2009). Chong received his formal art education at Manchester Metropolitan University and at Northumbria University, emerging from the latter ...

Stackpole, Michael A

(1957-    ) US designer of Role Playing Games from around 1978 and author, much of whose work has been related directly or indirectly to his design work, much of it being fantasy. His two main series, however, are Ties to sf universes: the Battletech sequences beginning with Battletech: The Warrior Trilogy, Volume One: En Garde (1988) (for the Wargame, see ...

Sullivan, M J

(?   -    ) UK teacher and author, who is of sf interest for his first novel, the Young Adult Game Over: Rise of the Raid Mob (2022), whose four protagonists are enticed to enter a Virtual Reality world governed by a mysterious Videogame, at the heart of which an Alien intelligence lurks observing Homo sapiens. / ...

Bridgeman, Amanda

(?   -    ) Australian author whose Aurora sequence beginning with Darwin (2013 ebook) is set in a moderately distant Near Future galaxy, into which Homo sapiens is edgily expanding. In the first volume, a human force (see Military SF) must explore a mysterious abandoned Space Station, a mission complicated by a passel of new ...

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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