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Price, Roger

(1918-1990) US television personality, cartoonist and author, best known for the comic cartoons he called Droodles – simple sketches or diagrams that make no sense without their joky captions, such as a panel of scattered blots described as "Measles Waiting To Be Caught"; these were first published as Droodles (graph 1953). The protagonist of In One Head and Out the Other (1954) "had a clever trick of saying any conceivable sentence so that it sounded like 'I had one grunch but the ...

Monsarrat, Nicholas

(1910-1979), UK soldier, in active service 1940-1946, and author; his surname was misspelled on his birth certificate as "Montserrat", causing some later confusion; in Canada as a British information officer from 1953 to 1956, and intermittently after that date. He was best known for his novel, The Cruel Sea (1951), which became immensely popular. The first of the four volumes of his Signs of the Times series, The Time Before This (1962), which is sf, tells of the discovery of ancient artefacts ...

Spencer, Leonard G

Ziff-Davis House Name used at least twice by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett in collaboration, for the stories "The Beast With 7 Tails" (August 1956 Amazing) and "The Girl from Bodies, Inc." (October 1956 Fantastic). A third Spencer story, "The Man with the X-Ray Eyes" (February 1957 Dream World), is identified by the Internet SF Database as being by the same collaborators but unlike the first two is not listed in Silverberg's bibliography at majipoor.com. [DRL/PN]

Robinson, Kim Stanley

(1952-    ) US author who began writing sf stories with "Coming Back to Dixieland" and "In Pierson's Orchestra", both published in Orbit 18 (anth 1975) edited by Damon Knight. He initially published solely in shorter forms, releasing about ten stories before gaining his PhD in English at the University of California in 1982, studying under Fredric Jameson. In revised form, his thesis was later published as The Novels of Philip K. Dick (1984); thoroughly researched, at ease ...

Main, Carol

(?   -    ) UK author of Young Adult novels, including the Fraser Family sequence, comprising The White Planet (1982), Planet of Evil (1983) and Planet of Adventure (1986), featuring lightly sketched Space Opera adventures on various planets; echoes of the Robinsonade are also lightly sketched in. Betony and the Sorcerer (1990: vt Spellbound! 1991) is fantasy. [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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