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D'Armen, Guy

Apparently the chief pseudonym of an unidentified French author (?   -?   ), active between 1899 and 1939 under this name as well as Francis Annemary, Jacques Diamant, Corentin Goulphar and perhaps others. He specialized in exorbitant tales of adventure, featuring figures at the edge of gaining Superhero status, the most important of these being Doctor Ardan in the Doc Ardan sequence beginning with "La Cite de L'Or et de la Lepre" (1929 Sciences et Voyages; loose ...

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 ...

Sharkey, Jack

Working name of US playwright and author John Michael Sharkey (1931-1992) for all his sf, which he began publishing with "The Captain of his Soul" for Fantastic in 1959; he produced about fifty stories over the first five years or so of his career, including several in the 1960s for Galaxy on Ecology. His sf novels, including The Secret Martians (1960 dos) and Ultimatum in 2050 A.D. (June-July 1963 Amazing as "The Programmed People"; 1965 dos), were enjoyable contributions to the genre. The ...

Pape, Gordon

(1936-    ) US-born journalist author, in Canada from 1950; his sf novel, Chain Reaction (1978) with Tony Aspler, concern the Near Future assassination of a Canadian politician that threatens World War Three. [JC]

Steelbaugh, Larry

(?   -    ) US author of the Tankwar sequence beginning with Tankwar (1990) and ending with Tankwar: Desert Prey (1993), a series of Military SF tales set during World War Three, with a Technothriller focus on tank Technology. Nothing is known of Steelbaugh; the name may be a pseudonym. [JC]

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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