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Farmer, Philip José

(1918-2009) US author whose active career extended over half a century, though he was a comparatively late starter as an author, and his first story, "O'Brien and Obrenov" for Adventure in March 1946, was nonfantastic and promised little. A part-time student at Bradley University, he gained a BA in English in 1950, and two years later burst onto the sf scene with his novella The Lovers (August 1952 Startling; exp 1961; rev 1979). Although originally rejected by John W Campbell Jr of Astounding ...

Star Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, published by Ballantine Magazines, January 1958. This was an attempt to convert Frederik Pohl's Star Science Fiction Stories into a magazine after its first three issues (1953-1954) in book format. Although a second magazine issue was mooted, sales did not warrant continuing in that form and it reverted to book format at the end of 1958. The magazine replicated some of the contents of the anthology, including a cover by Richard Powers, but somehow the content ...

Oram, Neil

(1938-    ) UK author whose involvement in sf was restricted to the three volumes of his The Warp sequence of metaphysical adventures – The Storm's Howling Through Tiflis (1980), Lemmings on the Edge (1981) and The Balustrade Paradox (1982) – which novelize his 22-hour, ten-play cycle, The Warp, performed in London in 1979, directed by Ken Campbell (1941-2008). The sequence, after the manner of the Illuminatus! books by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, ...

Elam, Richard M, Jr

(1920-2013) US author whose early work was chiefly written for young readers, often aimed at teenage boys; after about 1965 he pursued other interests. Much of his output was sf, including a number of short works which appeared in such non-sf publications as Boys' Life. His first sf book was Teen-age Science Fiction Stories (coll 1952; vt Young Reader's Science Fiction Stories 1957; vt Science Fiction Stories 1964); several of the tales assembled involve Space Flight. Teen-Age Super Science ...

Winters, Ben H

(1976-    ) US playwright, journalist and author whose first books – including The Jewish Comedy Thesaurus: 3,102 Quips, Quotes, and Kvetches (2007) and the Worst-Case Scenario series of spoofs with David Borgenicht and Robin Epstein – were comic nonfiction. He is of sf interest for two series. His contributions to his publisher's Quirk Classics sequence are Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009) with Jane Austen and Android Karenina (2010) with Leo ...

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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