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Buckell, Tobias S

(1979-    ) Grenada-born author, in the US from adulthood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Fish Merchant" in Science Fiction Age for March 2000, and who has been moderately prolific as short fiction writer, much of this work being assembled as Tides from the New Worlds (coll 2009) and Nascence: 17 Failed Stories and What They Taught Me (coll 2012). He began publishing novels with the Benevolent Satrapy sequence, comprising Crystal Rain (2006), Ragamuffin ...

Clingerman, Mildred

(1918-1997) US book-collector and author who, although she never worked as a full-time writer, published a sizeable number of highly professional, shapely stories, beginning in February 1952 with "Minister without Portfolio" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She was to become as strongly associated with that magazine as was Zenna Henderson. A Cupful of Space (coll 1961), which collects all her work through 1961, reflects this association in the high proportion of F&SF stories ...

Snicket, Lemony

Pseudonym of US author Daniel Handler (1970-    ), who has also written mainstream novels under his own name. As Snicket he is best known for the thirteen-book sequence A Series of Unfortunate Events, running from The Bad Beginning (1999) to The End (2006), presented as children's fiction but larded with considerable black Humour, Gothic grotesquerie and mock didacticism by the intermittently intrusive narrator Snicket – a furtive, reclusive persona, prone to justified ...

Pereira Mendes, H

(1852-1937) UK-born rabbi, academic and author, in the USA from 1877, where he wrote prolifically in many genres. Looking Ahead: Twentieth Century Happenings (1899) tells of various socialist upheavals, beginning in the Near Future and moving forward, which lead to several world wars and are defeated, in the end, only by an alliance of theocratical Christians and Jews, which also establishes in Palestine a Jewish homeland ruled by a descendant of the ancient Jewish monarchy. [JC]

Verba, Joan Marie

(1953-    ) US editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Death's Scepter" in Four Moons of Darkover (anth 1988) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley; much of her subsequent work has been for younger readers. She is of sf interest for her contributions to a Shared World sequence of original Ties to the Thunderbirds universe beginning with Thunderbirds: Countdown to Action (2008); they are unconnected to the Television series (see Thunderbirds). She has ...

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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