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Watkins, William John

(1942-    ) US poet, author and academic, associate professor then full professor of English at Brookdale Community College, New Jersey (now retired). For early work up to 1980 his working name was William Jon Watkins [see Checklist below for byline distinctions]. He was initially active as a poet, his first book being Five Poems (coll 1968 chap). His first sf novel, with Gene Snyder, was Ecodeath (1972), a ...

Mogridge, Stephen

(1915-1986) UK author of tales, usually in series, for children and Juvenile Series markets, who also wrote as by Jill Stevens, publishing in all over thirty titles in the 1950s and early 1960s. He is best known for the nonfantastic New Forest sequence; of sf interest is the Peter sequence, beginning with Peter and the Flying Saucers (1954) and ending with Peter's Denmark Adventure (1958). The sequence is undemanding, ...

Fenn, Jaine

Pseudonym of Jane Weddell (?   -    ) UK fan and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Path to the Sun" in On Spec for Winter 2001, and who came to wider attention with her first series, the Hidden Empire sequence beginning with Principles of Angels (2008) and continuing so far to Queen of Nowhere (2013). The series is set thousands of years hence, some time after a ...

Hayles, Brian

(1931-1978) UK screenwriter, best known for his work on various Doctor Who projects (22 episodes for various extended stories between 1966 and 1974); his two books of sf interest are Doctor Who Ties: Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon (1974) and Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors (1976), both based on his own scripts. [JC]

IAFA Award

Awards presented since 1985 by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA). Winners of the Distinguished Scholarship award – presented since 1986 – are listed below. Other categories, perhaps of less general interest to the science fiction community, include the William L Crawford Fantasy Award for a debut work of fantasy, the Robert A Collins Service Award for service to the IAFA and regular ...

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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