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O'Leary, Brian

(1940-2011) US astronomer and author, formerly involved with NASA, and perhaps now best known for his assertion that NASA may have faked photographs of the Moon landing. His Near Future tale, Spaceship Titanic (1983) with Richard Duprey, depicts a Disaster on the hundredth space shuttle flight, which generates a life-or-death situation; the mission is saved. [JC]

Clement, Hal

Working name used for his sf by US author Harry Clement Stubbs (1922-2003); he used his full name for science articles, and painted as George Richard. He held degrees in astronomy, chemistry and education, and was long employed as a high-school science teacher. His first books were very well received; he fell out of favour in his middle years, but his last decades saw him enjoy an Indian summer. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1998, and was given the SFWA Grand Master ...


Pseudonym of US author J L Collins (?   -?   ), of whom nothing is known except his authoring of two novels as by Jonquil, the non-fantastic Was She Engaged? (1871); and Queen Krinaleen's Plagues; Or, How a Simple People Were Destroyed. A Discourse in the Twenty-Second Century (1874), a very early example of the sf novel in which the past (that is, the period during which the novel was actually published) is misunderstood by a contemplator – often literally ...

Randisi, Robert J

(1951-    ) US author who collaborated with Warren Murphy on a few volumes of the vast Destroyer sequence (see the latter's entry). Other works by Randisi include Sasquatch Hunt (1983) as by J R Roberts in the Gunsmith series, in which Bigfoot is treated as a Monster, Once Upon a Murder (1987) with Kevin D Randle, and Curtains of Blood (2002). None are of strong direct sf interest. [JC]

Sleight, Graham

(1972-    ) UK reviewer and critic, who began writing about the field for The New York Review of Science Fiction in 2000. He was editor of Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction from 2007 to 2013 (issues #101-#115). He has also contributed to Locus and Science Fiction Studies. His work has focused particularly on such authors as John Crowley, Christopher Priest, Joanna Russ, and Gene Wolfe. A collection of his essays is awaited. / Sleight has also written about sf in ...

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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