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Miles, Charles A

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel of Space Flight is Argosy: The Imaginary Memoirs of an Astronaut (1961). [JC/DRL]

Winterfeld, Henry

(1901-1990) German author, in Austria then France from 1933 because of his Jewish birth, in USA from 1940, an American citizen from 1946; he also wrote as by Manfred Michael and as by Henry Gilbert. The German-language publications of his first novel, Timpetill – Die Stadt ohne Eltern ["Timpetill: City without Parents"] (1937; trans Kyrill Schabert as Trouble at Timpetill 1963) was as by Manfred Michael; the English translation ...

Ruth, Rod

(1912-1987) Working name of American artist Rodney Ruth. After growing up in a rustic area near Lake Michigan, which inspired a lifelong devotion to nature, Ruth moved to Chicago to receive artistic training at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, the Frederick Mizen School of Arts, and the Institute of Design. Some freelance work eventually led to regular employment as a staff artist for the Chicago-based Ziff-Davis magazines, which included the sf magazines ...

Mandel, George

(1920-2021) US Comics artist who drew some Superhero figures including The Woman in Red – first seen in Thrilling Comics #2 (March 1940) and identified as the first female masked crime-fighter – Black Marvel for Timely and Blue Bolt for Novelty, until he was badly wounded in World War Two. / Mandel then turned to writing, beginning with the early Beat novel ...

Wilkinson, Kerry

(1980-    ) UK author, whose work is almost exclusively nonfantastic, including the long Jessica Daniel crime novel sequence [not listed in Checklist below]. He is of sf interest primarily for the Young Adult Dystopian Silver Blackthorn series beginning with Reckoning (2014), set in an indefinably Near Future Britain delineated in terms that allow a ...

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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