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Shwartz, Susan M

(1949-    ) US author who has been more clearly associated with fantasy than with sf, beginning with her first story, "The Fires of Her Vengeance" in The Keeper's Price (anth 1979) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, later stories being assembled as Suppose They Gave a Peace and Other Stories (coll 2002). She soon however began to concentrate on extended works like the impressive Heirs to Byzantium Alternate-History trilogy: Byzantium's Crown (1987), The Woman of Flowers (1987) ...

Fantastic Films

Small Bedsheet-size Cinema Magazine printed on glossy paper; saddle-stapled. 46 issues from 1978 to 1985. Published in the USA by Blake Publications Corporation. Editor: Irving Karchmer. Publication schedule was nominally bimonthly, but issues appeared on a somewhat irregular basis. / One of the numerous sf film publications which appeared in the wake of the success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Star Wars (1977). Fantastic Films proved to be a magazine of good quality ...

Goth, Louis A

(1935-    ) US author known only for one routine Near Future thriller, Red-12 (1980). [JC]

Saville, Malcolm

(1901-1982) UK editor and author, mostly for younger readers from 1943 until his death, most of his work being grouped into various series, the best known of these being the Lone Pine sequence, centring on a group of young friends who, in the first instalment, Mystery at Witchend (1943), thwart some German spies. Nothing of his work is of sf interest except for one tale in that series, Saucers Over the Moor: A Lone Pine Story (1955), in which the gang discovers more spies, and the eponymous ...

Kessel, John

(1950-    ) US academic and author who began publishing sf with "The Silver Man" for Galileo in May 1978, and whose short fiction rapidly established him as an author of cunningly pastiche-heavy, erudite stories. His two best known early tales – both assembled with other work in Meeting in Infinity: Allegories & Extrapolations (coll 1992) – are probably "Not Responsible! Park and Lock It!" (September 1981 F&SF) and Another Orphan (September 1982 F&SF; ...

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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