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Kupstas, Marcia

(1957-    ) Brazilian teacher and author whose Young Adult É Preciso Lutar! ["It is Necessary to Fight"] (1988) delineates a world (see Politics) where injustice must be combatted. O demônio do computador ["The Computer Devil"] (coll of linked stories 1997) features what may be Virtual-Reality avatars of H P Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, who seem to force visitors into their Zone to listen to, and consequently become part of, terrifying stories. [JC]

Gentle, Mary

(1956-    ) UK author who began publishing with a fantasy for young adults, A Hawk in Silver (1977; rev 1985), and who came to general notice with her Orthe sequence – Golden Witchbreed (1983) and Ancient Light (1987), both assembled, with a linked story, as Orthe: Chronicles of Carrick V (omni 2002) – which, despite the fantasy ring of the first title, is sf. The protagonist of both volumes, a woman diplomat/entrepreneur in the complexly defined employ of an ...

Wallace, Bryan Edgar

(1904-1971) UK screenwriter and author, son of Edgar Wallace; he adapted some of his father's books for the cinema. His sf novel, The Device (1962), a Near Future tale of attempted world conquest, features an Antihero very similar to Norbert Jacques's Dr Mabuse, and was adapted and filmed as Scotland Yard jagt Dr Mabuse ["Scotland Yard Hunts Dr Mabuse"] (1963; vt Dr Mabuse vs Scotland Yard). His other novels were melodramatic, after his father's example, but nonfantastic. [JC]

Authentic Science Fiction

UK magazine. 85 issues, 1 January 1951 to October 1957, published by Hamilton & Co, Stafford, fortnightly to #8 then monthly, issues numbered consecutively, no volume numbers; edited by L G Holmes (Gordon Landsborough) (January 1951-November 1952), H J Campbell (December 1952-January 1956) and E C Tubb (February 1956-October 1957). Pocketbook-size January 1951-February 1957, Digest-size March-October 1957. #1 and #2 were entitled Authentic Science Fiction Series, #3-#8 Science Fiction ...

Harker, Kenneth

(1927-2003) UK author with a training in physics, employed as a technical officer in the thermal insulation business, whose first published sf story was "Cog" in New Worlds, April 1966; he had previously sold crime and fantasy fiction, an earlier nonrealistic story being "Colossus of Roads" (August 1961 Storyteller). His sf novels – The Symmetrians (1966), which concerns a Dystopian response to nuclear Holocaust in which a cult of "Absolute Symmetry" becomes the world Religion, and The ...

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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