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Miller, Derek B

(1970-    ) US academic and author, resident in various countries, whose first three novels, beginning with Norwegian Night (trans from English manuscript 2010), first published in Norway, are crime thrillers. His fourth novel, Radio Life (2021), is set in a moderately distant Near Future America dominated by a conflict between the Commonwealth – which is devoted to the recovery of relics of the Gone World, a Golden Age of high Technology – and the Keepers, who ...

Sapper

Pseudonym of UK author Herman Cyril McNeile (1888-1937), who wrote many thrillers and stories of World War One. Initially writing as H C McNeile (the byline used for US editions of all his short stories), "Sapper" became famous for the creation in Bull-Dog Drummond: The Adventures of a Demobilized Officer Who Found Peace Dull (1920) of Bull-Dog Drummond, a thuggish antisemitic crime-fighting gentleman vigilante, some of whose adventures contain strong sf elements. Of particular note in this ...

Miller, Steve

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously described) interstellar venues. The first two titles, Agent of Change (1988) and Carpe ...

Leivick, H

Working name of Russian composer, journalist and playwright Leivick Halpern (1888-1962), whose language (and identity) was Yiddish; after imprisonment and Siberian exile, he lived in the USA from 1913; his working name was adapted in America to avoid any confusion with the exiled poet Moyshe Leyb-Halpern (1886-1932), also in New York. Of sf interest is his verse drama, published originally in German translation as Der Goylem: A Dramatische Poeme in Akht Bilder (1921; trans J C Augenlicht as The ...

Syrett, Netta

Working name of UK author Janet Syrett (1865-1943), whose fantasy tales, usually for younger children, are of little contemporary interest, a novel like The Castle of Four Towers (1909) for instance explaining its Timeslip structure as a dream [for fuller entry on Syrett see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In her earlier career, however, as the niece of Grant Allen and friend of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), she wrote for The Yellow Book and was recognized (and reviled) for ...

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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