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Cannon, Peter

(1951-    ) US author, critic, and book reviews editor of Publishers Weekly, chiefly known for his work on H P Lovecraft and his circle; he wrote his undergraduate thesis on Lovecraft at Stanford and his MA thesis, "Lovecraft's New England", at Brown University (1974). He began publishing work of genre interest with "You Have Been in Providence, I Perceive" (March 1978 Nyctalops) and "H.P. Lovecraft in Hawthornian Perspective" in H.P. Lovecraft: Four Decades of Criticism ...

Matthews, Clyde

(1917-    ) US author of The Ides of March Conspiracy: The Year the IRS Got What it Deserves (1979), a Near Future Satire in which a Computer expert fights back against the American Internal Revenue Service and its snooping. [JC]

Secombe, Andy

Working name of Welsh voice actor, actor and author Andrew Secombe (1953-    ), son of the singer and comedian Harry Secombe (1921-2001) of Goon Show fame (see Spike Milligan); as a voice actor, he may be best known for voicing Watto in the three Star Wars prequel films. Most of his fiction reads, at least initially, as fantasy, including the Limbo series beginning with Limbo (2003); but though the eponymous Underworld is couched in fantasy terms, those plot sequences set in ...

Mian, Mary

(1902-2001) US translator and author, sometimes using her full name Mary Lawrence Shipman Mian, almost exclusively of Young Adult fantasy tales; she is of sf interest for The Net to Catch War (1975), whose young protagonists are sent 100 years into the past by a Time Travel device, finding themselves on the Santa Fe Trail, where they become involved with the historical Captain St George Cooke (1809-1895) in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). The tone of Mian's telling of a potentially grim ...

Mason, David

Working name of US author Samuel Mason (1924-1974) who began publishing with "Placebo" for Infinity in 1955; he was married 1956-1962 to Katherine MacLean. Most of his novels – such as his first, Kavin's World (1969), and its sequel in the Kavin sequence, The Return of Kavin (1972) – were routine Sword and Sorcery. However, his final book, The Deep Gods (1973), more impressively implants a twentieth-century mentality into the brain of a prehistoric man (see Identity Transfer), where ...

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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