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Balzac, Honoré de

(1799-1850) French author whose enormous oeuvre – currently assembled in the Pléïade series in an edition over 20,000 pages long [not listed below] – is like Jules Verne a bibliographer's nightmare. Of his numerous early sensational novels, few translations seem to exist, and his later supernatural fiction appears in very various and chameleon guises. But some titles are of genre interest: Le Centenaire: ou les deux Behringeld (1822 4vols as by Horace de Saint-Aubin; ...

Bott, Claire

(?   -    ) UK poet, journalist and author whose first novel is a tie remotely associated with the Doctor Who universe: Time Hunter: The Clockwork Woman (2004) comprises the surprisingly intense and sophisticated first-person narrative of the eponymous Android driven by clockwork, an image of fantasy Bondage [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] most famously utilized by Russell Hoban in The Mouse and His Child (1967). The tale is set in 1805, ...

Jeschke, Wolfgang

(1936-2015) Czech-born editor and author, in Germany after 1945; winner of the 1987 Harrison Award for achievements in international sf. He began to publish sf with "Die Anderen" ["The Others"] in 1959, but first became strongly involved with the genre in 1969 when, while working as co-editor of Kinders Literaturlexikon he edited as a freelancer the Science Fiction fur Kenner ["Science Fiction for Connoisseurs"] series for Lichtenberg Verlag. In 1973 he took over Heyne Verlag's sf publishing ...

Buiza, Carlos

Working name of Spanish editor and author Carlos Álvarez Buiza de Diego (1940-    ). He belongs to the so-called second generation of Spanish science fiction writers, along with Domingo Santos, Gabriel Bermúdez Castillo, Ángel Torres Quesada, Carlos Saiz Cidoncha, Juan G Atienza (1930-2011), Alfonso Álvarez Villar (1930-1981), Luis Vigil (1940-2019), Jaime Rosal del Castillo (1945-2019), Juan Tébar (1941-    ), ...

Dayton, Arwen Elys

(1974-    ) US author of a romance sf tale, Sovereign's Gold (2000), and of Resurrection (2001), in which two pairs of competing Aliens attempt to recover a forgotten Technology left behind by one of their races on Earth 3000 years earlier. Love interests also flourish. Seeker (2015) is the first book in a Young Adult fantasy trilogy. [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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