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Ransom, Bill

(1945-    ) US author who has worked as a medic and as a firefighter. His early writing was poetry, with several volumes released from Finding True North & Critter (coll 1974 chap) onward. He began publishing sf anonymously with "Songs of a Sentient Flute" for Analog in February 1979, a collaboration with Frank Herbert published as by Herbert alone: Ransom wrote the first draft at Herbert's request, as related in Brian Herbert's Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank ...

Wayman, Tony Russell

(1929-?2005) UK-born journalist, scriptwriter and author who spent some years in Singapore, where he was actively involved in film-making; in the US since 1963. He began writing sf with the Dreamhouse sequence – World of the Sleeper (1967 dos) and Ads Infinitum (Being a Second Tale from the Dreamhouse) (1971) – which tells two associated tales. The first features a man from a 1994 dominated by Virtual Reality who transports himself, via an Invention that makes his dreams real, into ...

deFord, Miriam Allen

(1888-1975) US author, editor and feminist, who was active as a journalist and editor from 1912; married to the distinguished nonfiction author Maynard Shipley (1872-1934) from 1921; she worked as a researcher for Charles Fort between 1922 and his death in 1932; she was the San Francisco correspondent for the socialist Federated Press from 1921 to 1956, and a contributing editor to The Humanist. For the educational publisher Haldeman-Julius she wrote and/or edited a number of short books in the ...

Wendig, Chuck

(1976-    ) Working name of US Role Playing Game developer, Comics writer, screenwriter and author Charles David Wendig (1976-    ), who also signs as C D Wendig, under which form of his name he published his first work of genre interest, "Bourbon Street Lullaby" in Not One of Us for September 1997. His work as a whole [selectively presented in Checklist below] tends to shuffle genres, without necessarily examining or taking advantage of the perspectives ...

Bloom, Harold

(1930-2019) US academic and author, active from the mid-1950s, author of one novel, The Flight to Lucifer: A Gnostic Fantasy (1979), whose subtitle is accurate. As a critic, he is best known for his analysis of the relationship between strong male authors and their predecessors over the last several centuries of Western literature, an analysis deeply influenced by the work of Sigmund Freud, an influence he freely admitted made him anxious. The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry (1973; rev ...

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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