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Miller, Ian

(1946-    ) UK illustrator. After graduating from St Martin's College of Art, Miller became a commercial illustrator in 1970, with both book-cover work and interior Illustrations, some of the latter in David Day's The Tolkien Bestiary (1979). He did highly characteristic work on the backgrounds for Wizards (1977), an animated film with a Far Future setting directed by Ralph Bakshi (1938-    ). Books of his work are Green Dog Trumpet and Other Stories ...

Housman, Laurence

(1865-1959) UK playwright and author, brother of Clemence Housman, whose The Were-Wolf (1896) he illustrated [for differently focused entries on both Housman and his sister, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and of the poet A E Housman (1859-1936). During his life Housman was best known for his plays and for several volumes of fantasy and sf stories, including Gods and Their Makers (1897; with stories added, vt as coll, Gods and Their Makers and Other Stories 1920), The Blue ...

Doyle, Richard

(1948-2017) UK author whose Near Future Disaster tale, Deluge (1976), drowns London in time-honoured fashion, as does Flood (2002). One may be a version of the other; it has not yet been possible to compare texts. [JC]

Gibbon, Edwarda

Pseudonym of New Zealand (?) author Charles J Stone (?   -?   ), whose The History of the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (1884 chap) is a Near Future tale in which a shift in the Gulf Stream causes a savage Climate Change to afflict Britain; eventually, after a century or two, the monarchy moves shop to New Zealand. The tale is told as by a native of that land (see New Zealander), and ends in a contemplation of the ruins of London Bridge. [JC]

Duchamp, L Timmel

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "O's Story" in Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction (anth 1989) edited by Susann Sturgis, and whose career initially concentrated on short fiction, some of which was assembled as Love's Body, Dancing in Time (coll 2004). Her work is articulately Feminist, vatic, energized, though her style seems at times overstressed. Through this work, and nonfiction assembled as The Grand ...

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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